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Faithful

Updated: Nov 6, 2019



Lamentations 3:21-24

ESV

21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

24 "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will HOPE in Him."


NIV

21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will WAIT for Him.”


RVR

21 Esto reduciré á mi corazón, por lo cual esperaré.

22 Es por la misericordia de Jehová que no somos consumidos, porque nunca decayeron sus misericordias.

23 Nuevas son cada mañana; grande es tu fidelidad.

Mi porción es Jehová, dijo mi alma; por tanto, en Él ESPERARÉ."


Look at the verses from Lamentations above. The exact same passage, yet each translation has their take on it. The English Standard Version tells us that His mercies are renewed over and over and to HOPE in Him. In the New International Version, we are told God's compassion is always renewed and to WAIT on Him. My favorite, though, is the Spanish version, La Biblia Reina-Valera. (If you're one of my friends reading this, you're probably rolling your eyes and saying, "of course that one is her favorite.") The word "esperaré" means to wait and to hope. We wait in hopeful expectation that God is not only going to but is already doing what He does best - He works all things for our good.

It's weeks like this week (and to be honest, the past month) when I need this reminder most. Reminders that just like anything else I have taken on, I will get the hang of it if I keep pressing forward, my eyes on God the whole way. Same goes for you. You ate the whole pizza. You procrastinated. You spent too much. You didn't work out. The relationship didn't work out. You went further than you wanted to on that date. The project you poured yourself into didn't get the recognition you expected. Your kids rolled their eyes in disapproval for the umpteenth time in the past hour. Anxiety is creeping up on you. Grace. Give yourself grace and rejoice in the FACT that His mercies are made new each morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.





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