I have a very good friend who served the Lord as a missionary educator and director of a college in Durban, South Africa for many years. Ron is a unique individual with a degree in physics. His insights are often astounding as he applies his scientific knowledge to biblical principles. His eccentricity is sometimes manifested in his daily life. For example, he recorded this message on his telephone answering machine, “Thank you for calling. Please leave your name, number and the month you called.” In other words, “Don’t expect me to call you back any time soon.”
In contrast, I use one of my favorite passages of scripture on my answering machine. It’s found in Lamentations 3:22-23. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. (That’s right!) They are new EVERY MORNING. Great is His faithfulness.”
His Steadfast love never ceases. He never stops loving you. His love is not dependent on your performance. No matter how much you have messed up or how good you are His love remains steadfast. You can’t make Him stop loving you!
His love brings healing to us. When I first discovered the Secret Place out of desperation for His presence, I was overwhelmed by His love for me. Every day, for my entire first month in the secret place, he told me how much He loved me. He was healing me with His love.
His Mercies never come to an end. Mercy is giving something to someone that they don't deserve. You can’t exhaust His mercy. No matter how much you need, there is always more available. “Let us ... remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closest to him; and when he hits bottom he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him: "Peter, don't be afraid of your weakness, trust in Me." Peter understands, he feels the loving gaze of Jesus and he weeps. How beautiful is this gaze of Jesus — how much tenderness is there! Brothers and sisters, let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God! God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). ... Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” Pope Francis
The most wonderful, incredible, amazing fact is that God’s love and mercy ARE NEW EVERY MORNING. Every day is a new beginning, with fresh resources from God! All you have to do is receive them. Yesterday’s wisdom, advice and counsel will not be enough for today. Daily manna is what you and I need.
A fresh word from God is waiting for you today and every day in your future. It is in His heart and upon His lips and it’s perfectly designed and tailored for your life by the Master and giver of life itself. He is waiting for you in The Secret Place. God doesn’t have an answering machine. He speaks directly with you all the time.
Run into His presence in the morning. Wait in His presence. Listen to what he has to say. Talk to your Lord and Savior and Friend. He loves you. EVERY DAY IS A NEW BEGINNING. He is waiting…
Dr. Dale Fife has served the Body of Christ for over 50 years as a caring pastor, insightful teacher, gifted musician, and best-selling author. His wisdom, maturity, and genuine spiritual concern for others have caused many to regard him as a "spiritual father" in the Lord. His insightful teaching has inspired and blessed thousands around the world.