No Carry Overs From Yesterday
22 “It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail no) 23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible
In the third chapter of Lamentations, the author has just finished a diatribe of the sufferings he has endured. Then in this chapter, he begins to encourage himself and his soul by remembering the good things and the promises of God. In these two verses, he speaks of God’s mercy, loving-kindness, tenderness, and compassion.
He reminds the reader that every morning all these promises are brand new for us that very day. However, here is what happens. Most of the time we go to sleep and our mind is replaying the events of the day and our final thoughts are on the troubles and problems and what they may represent tomorrow. We go to sleep thinking about the stresses of the day and thus we carry them with us into the next day. Instead, what we should do is let go of the problems of the day and thoughts as we lay our heads on the pillow let our last be thoughts about Jesus and His Word.
Then when we awake in the morning we should allow our first thoughts to be on Him and the Word, not on the possible problems confronting us that day. In so doing we leave yesterday’s problems behind us. We leave them in yesterday and we start today with the new mercies and blessings, the promises and the victories that Jesus has specifically for us today.
Too often we carry yesterday’s problems with us to the next day and in so doing, we miss the new good things that Jesus had for us that day. We made a choice to carry the burdens and disappointments from the previous day into the new day. That circumvents the good plans the Lord has for us. Verse 23 tells us that the new blessings He has for us daily are great and abundant. We often don’t feel like that is what we get as we move through our day, but that is because we had already made a choice to carry yesterday’s problems over into today.
Verse 23 goes on to say that with those great plans the Lord has for our day, comes stability from His faithfulness. Think of it this way. If I go to sleep worried and unsettled, I will likely wake the same way. The trouble and burdens from yesterday are what I get because it was my choice. If He is my last thoughts as I go to sleep and my first thoughts of the day when I awake, then I am embracing His victorious plans for my day. If that is the choice I make I will find that my path is stable all day long.
Don’t carry over yesterday’s troubles into today by thinking about them as you sleep. Go to sleep with your thoughts on Jesus, His loving kindness, mercy and tender compassion for you. Then you leave yesterday’s troubles behind you.
J Todd Hostetler