Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 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.
I am so comforted by this verse.
Which is weird, because it’s pretty much the “book of mourning”! Leave it to me to be comforted by basically the saddest book of the Bible!!!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved words, and what they really mean. And this verse has a couple of DOOZIES that I’m gonna share, okay?
The word consumed means “swallowed whole, devoured, gobbled up, and eaten up.” The hebrew definition describes it as “complete destruction.”
All of us have been, are, or will be in pain at many points in our lives.
Pain that is often CONSUMING.
Pain so hideous, it feels like you could be devoured by it! So heinous, it seems like it could utterly and completely destroy you.
But God says that HIS GREAT LOVE is the only thing keeping that from happening!
He is the only one keeping us from being swallowed up by our own sin, or often by other people’s sins.
The only one who can prevent the devil from devouring us, and protect us from ghosts that gobble at our future by reminding us of our past.
I absolutely LOVE knowing my Father can do all of that.
But it gets better!
I looked up one more word.
The English definition means just what you’d think it means: “empathy or sympathy, pity, wishing to stop one’s suffering, etc.”
But here’s where it gets interesting…
When you look up the Hebrew definition, you come up with the word racham. This word means “the mother’s womb”.
They defined this word as meaning “the love a mother has for a child yet in the womb.”
Has it hit you yet????
Okay, the love a mother has for their children once they are born and continue to grow is pretty amazing. I mean, we love our children IMMEDIATELY after one of them shouts at the top of their angry little lungs, “I HATE you!!!!!!!!”
We love them after they bathe in a tube of toothpaste, while sitting on our brand new couch.
We love them in spite of the things they do wrong.
But when they are still inside of us…
I’ll never be able to describe the kind of love you feel for someone you’ve never even met.
But it’s real.
You love them so completely before they’ve ever had a chance to do ANYTHING.
They haven’t done anything wrong yet, but neither have they yet done anything RIGHT!
They are just loved completely as if they are blameless to the mother. Because to her, they are! Those unborn babies are just perfect.
THAT is the kind of love God has for us!
Love that covers a multitude of undone sins, because He paid for them already! It is like we never did those horrible things, because He has removed them “as far as the east is from the west.”
That is truly an incredible love!
One that He promises to all who belong to Him.
That great love is all that we need to keep from being consumed.
That great love is all we will EVER need.