Not Consumed, But Compassion

Thursday October 13, 2011

This seems to be a non-sensical title for the jlog I am writing today. But when I read the passage in Lamentations this morning I was struck with two words in this passage that caught my eye. The writer of Lamentations says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-26 NIV). You get these two words in the first verse when it says that because of the Lords great love, we are not consumed. The writer is referring to our sins that could easily cause the Lord to destroy us or consume us. But because He loves us so much, His love constrains Himself from destroying those He loves. It reminds me of when our children doing some stupid things wrong and we are very angry with them, but because of our love for them, we don’t carry out the things we might be thinking of doing to them.

In the midst of our bungling up our lives and our choices on a daily basis, God’s response is to show His compassion to us every day. Not every week or every month or periodically, but every day. It is interesting that I have tried to make a commitment to write my jlog 6 out of 7 days, but as you can see I have already missed one day and may miss another one or two before the week is out. But the Lord is faithful to bring new insights and compassion to us every day and His perspective is new every morning for those who want to plug into His perspective. Our only requirement is to wait quietly for Him to speak. It means that we need to stop what we are doing and listen to what He wants to say to us. He wants to give us His insights and compassion every day of every week of every month of every year that we are here on this earth. The question for you and for me is whether or not we are setting time daily for Him to speak to us.

On this journey, we need daily guidance and direction for our lives. God is ready today for us to experience His compassion if we only take the time to be quiet and Hear Him.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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