It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Jeremiah did not write this because he was “looking at the bright side” of things. His people, Judah were overthrown by Babylon, their city and temple were destroyed and they were in captivity for 70 years. But he recognized the reality: the fact that they were still alive was owing to the tender mercies of God.
Likewise, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The fact that we have not been consumed in fire is a display of mercy as well. It is good for us to consider that the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation. We have been given space to repent. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but rather desires that every man repent and come to the knowledge of the truth.
We can allow the memory of our sin humble us so that we cry out to God – it is then that He shows His great compassion.
Jeremiah continues, “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him”(Lam 3:24).
– Brother Pat Woods