When something is new, we all tend to put our best foot forward. We take care of the new car, wiping every spill, polishing away every scratch. Newly painted walls receive our utmost attention when the first scuff mark appears. Newness sometimes bring challenges, like when we have a new baby to care for or a new husband to adjust to, or a new home to move into.
And then there is the most important new thing–the new life we have when we come to Christ and give him all of our old stuff. When we first experience this new life, we love to tell people about it. We bask in the newness and celebrate it and feel that we are soaring.
But of course we all know, new things don’t stay new forever. Clothes get holes in them, printers don’t work exactly as they should, children don’t do what we say, husbands have their own ideas about running the family (and they snore), walls have so many marks that it seems useless to try to clean them any more.
Our spiritual life gets its share of dents from disappointment, scratches from sorrow and blemishes from our blundering tongues. We fall, we break down. The light of our eyes that were once on fire grow dim.
But hear the flesh-defying truth: with God there is something new every day.
Even in his Lamentation, Jeremiah could not deny:
Because of the LORD’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for his mercies never end.
They are NEW every morning;
great is your faithfulness!