Bria Connolly writes about God’s endless mercies as we head into a New Year, and the direction for UFC High School this Year.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Even with a joy of a new year, there is the stark realization that time takes a tole.
As we walk through life, we encounter the fact that we live in a world that is not as God created it.
There is sickness, hurt, brokenness, pride, and insecurity. An abundance of the impact of sin on humanity.
As time goes on, we live in this world and walk with Jesus simultaneously. So, as the impact of sin makes us tired and wears us down, we start to think that maybe the pursuit isn’t worth it. we are tired, and this year has been rough, and we have almost run out.
Then Jesus whispers His truth:
“My mercies never come to an end.”
“Mercies” can also be translated as “compassion” from the Hebrew text.
His compassion never comes to an end. Jesus is relentless with it.
If I am tired, He is relentless.
If I am scared, He is relentless.
If I am spent, He is relentless.
Not just for a day, or for a week, but every morning. Every moment, He is the same amount of faithful as He was the day that I first realized He is who He says He is. Even if I feel like giving up, He NEVER will.
As we start a new year, THIS MATTERS.
This relentless compassion of Jesus, it matters.
I’ve watched our students over the year. They are lovers of Jesus, no doubt. What I’ve also watched, which is similar to my own life, is a gradual waning.
There is a desire to know Jesus more, to love Him more.
Yet, there is a disconnect when it comes to engaging with the spiritual disciplines to get there.
There is a desire for community and engaging with the church body.
Yet, there is a disconnect when it comes to commitment when it isn’t convenient.
We do not look like the group we did at the beginning of the year. We are living in the disconnect.
How do we move forward?
We look to the one whose mercies are new every morning.
We get to let this New Year mark a new day. One where we remember that His faithfulness has never changed. His compassion is as relentless as it was and always will be.
Why do we keep moving, even when we don’t feel like it? We rely on His mercies, because they never come to an end. We rely on the one who will never give up, even we feel like it. We give up our inhibitions, our fear, our doubts, and let Him carry us with His constant faithfulness.
Our steam may run out, our desire may be extinct, but His mercies never come to an end.
So, we move into a new term dependent on His mercies. Because, unlike our feelings, they are constant and He is faithful.
This term, with UFC High School, we will spend the entire time in the Book of Jude. Taking it slowly, verse by verse, we will take the charge of Jude: to contend for the faith.
“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Jude 3
For leaders and students alike, this term we want to learn what it looks like to fight for our faith in Jesus. In the face of any obstacle, of any brokenness, of any feeling, we will choose to fight for faith in Jesus together.
As we walk through Jude, we will put our dependence in the mercies of Jesus and His faithfulness.
We will walk into a new year, being refreshed by the promise that we serve a God whose mercies are always new, whose compassion is relentless.
May we always rely on His constant faithfulness, and may we always contend for the faith, no matter where we find ourselves.