Good Morning August 31

The next new thing has a real appeal. A new gadget comes out and people line up at the stores to get theirs. Even the next big entertainer draws massive crowds and is in the tabloid papers. But something we learn fairly quickly is that the new grows old. It has been surpassed, replaced by a better model. That once fantastic item gets put aside and forgotten. (How many old cell phones do you have sitting on a shelf somewhere?) When Israel came out of Egypt they were given manna to eat during their desert wanderings. It was renewed every morning. They couldn’t hoard it for another day. They had to trust God for each day’s provision, and they were always filled. In the midst of one of Israel’s most difficult times the Prophet Jeremiah writes, “The LORD’S lovingkindness indeed never ceases, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) Oh, we will continue to look for the new stuff that the world puts out, but what we really need never fails, never wears out, never grows old. God’s grace and loving kindness is there for free every morning.