They Are All Around Us – But Do We Notice Them?

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 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 3:21-23

God’s mercies are new every morning.

It’s God’s mercy you woke up today. God’s mercy you have a sound mind. His mercy if you woke up without being in serious pain. God’s mercy if you can breathe.  And God’s mercy if you have the strength to get out of bed by yourself.

It’s his mercy if you have eyes to see the sunshine, ears to hear the robins and taste buds to enjoy your coffee.

It’s God’s mercy this morning if you know Jesus Christ, the living God.  God’s mercy you have his Word.  There are multitudes who don’t.

It’s God’s mercy you didn’t wake up in a prison camp this morning because of your faith in Jesus.  Thousands of believers in North Korea did.

Do you have God’s joy today?  Any hope in your heart? If so, these are wonderful mercies from God.

The eggs and toast on your table are fresh mercies from God. And the children around the table screaming and spilling their Cheerios and milk? Mercies!

Do you have running water? A hot shower? Indoor plumbing? A job? A car? Money for gas? Are you able to drive?  Mercies!

Even in affliction there are mercies if we look for them.

There are respites from pain. Sleep. Distractions. Loving family members and friends. And in God’s mercy, our afflictions aren’t meaningless – he causes all of them to work for our good.

God’s mercies are all around us.  But do we notice them?

A good exercise is to write down God’s mercies.

Some folks write down something they’re thankful for every day. Before you start asking God for things, consider thanking him. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.

When we notice God’s mercies we become joyful and thankful. When we become joyful and thankful we bring God pleasure. When we bring God pleasure we glorify him. When we glorify him we fulfill his purpose for our lives. Notice God’s mercies.

  • http://pollywogcreek.blogspot.com Patricia

    Amen and amen!!!

    "Cultivating an eye for life's mercies…" has been my tagline for years. But it's much more than words on my business card. I had no clue what God was doing when He put a camera in my hands. It was the tool he used to open my eyes. And I actually laughed when I read what you initially wrote about it being God's mercy if we woke up this morning without being in serious pain…because I did wake up this morning in serious pain. And I believe God knew all along that pain would characterize this season of my life and He prepared me to be thankful and joyful in it (something I could not do on my own) by encouraging me to "cultivate an eye for life's mercies" years ago.

    Love the commercial spin in that last paragraph. "Notice God's mercies" indeed! He is so, so good to His people!

    • Mark Altrogge

      What wonderful comments, Patricia! It brought tears to my eyes that you would be thankful and joyful in a season of pain. What glory you are bringing to Jesus! And I love it that you use your camera to cultivate an eye for God's mercies in your life. Thanks so much for adding this!

  • http://Jtcochran.com Joey Cochran

    Last night at approximately 5:15pm my wife lost control of her vehicle and got into a head on collision with a couple. Both vehicles are definitely totaled. Everyone walked away from the scene unharmed. This morning my wife is resting on the couch with nothing more than a bruise on her elbow, pain in her leg, normal whiplash pain and a slight headache. My children are eating a concoction of peanut butter and chocolate cheerios with cinnamon toast. I am about to get ready to go into the office and serve God's people, experiencing the mercies of God in a refreshing and joyous way. We can get a new minivan but I cannot get another Kendall.

    In tears I thank you for this post. He is good…all the time.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Hey Joey, Praise God that your wife is okay! I rejoice with you and God's mercies to you today! At first I thought you said we can get a new minivan but I cannot get another Kindle. I couldn't understand why not, but then I realized the spelling was different and you were talking about your wife. yep, definitely God's mercy!

      • http://jtcochran.com Joey Cochran

        lol…that happens often to me. I love my kindle app on my iPad, but I love my precious bride Kendall more and she is irreplaceable!

        • MarkAltrogge

          Amen!

  • Elaine

    For the last twenty-four years, I have had a small wooden frame print of this verse by my bathroom sink; it is one of the very first things I see each morning. It has been a great source of truth, strength, hope, and comfort for all these years, throught illness, hurricanes, death…everything He has carried our family through whether blessings or trials, His mercies are lavishly heaped on us.

    Oh, Father, give us eyes to see and please, quiet my complaining heart!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Amen, Elaine, amen!

  • Stephen

    But God's mercies are also there for those who woke up in pain, imprisoned, or impoverished, but they can be much harder to see.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Yep – this is true for every believer no matter what they're going through. There are always God's mercies new every morning. Even when we are suffering.

  • http://www.judahupdate.blogspot.com Briana

    Excellent, excellent, needed post, Mark. Thank you. I'm reading this to my kids sometime today. As LA and I went to bed last night, a thunder storm rolled in, and we prayed for safety. I'm reminded more often how God preserves and sustains us. I nearly wept listening to the thunder, wondering how folks can hear thunder and see lightening and not believe in God. But, I know it's God's mercy that I do see and know the Creator. And, we are praying for all in Indiana who experienced ill effects from one of your recent storms.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Great comments, Briana – yes how can anyone not believe in God when they see his power displayed in a thunderstorm? I am so grateful to know the living God. Thanks for praying for us here in Indiana – a number in our church suffered some pretty good water damage. it was really cool though to see how our church rallied around their brothers and sisters and helped them out.

  • Brian

    God doesn't have any mercy for me. I presumed upon His grace too much and He has left me in the darkness. He has left me to myself. I don't see how God can have mercy upon a person who is in deep depression on the verge of a mental breakdown. Mercies such as eggs and toast on the table as you stated, including hot running water, a job and money have become mundane and meaningless. It's meaningless if you are depressed. Where is the mercy in that?

    • Mark Altrogge

      Brian, I feel so sad and sorry for you and your depression. I can't imagine how hard things are for you. obviously, depression is very complex and I would not want to give you any kind of hasty counsel regarding it, but if you have not considered medication, perhaps that might be one thing you could look into. Sometimes when people are battling depression if they can get some medical help it helps them to be able to believe God's word more easily. when folks are in the fury of a depression it's hard for them to hear even a promise of God and have faith because they're suffering so much. Brian, I know it might not seem like it, but Jesus has great compassion for you and sympathy toward you. He knows what it feels like to be in the darkest possible place. He was abandoned by his father on the cross and suffered the full fury of God's wrath to pay for all our sins. Jesus alone, in his suffering received no mercy whatsoever. Even though it may seem like there is no mercy for you, God does have mercy for you and he wants you to cast all your cares on him because he cares for you.

  • http://www.martha-martha.com Sarah

    Thanks for this post, Mark. I've been thinking about these things recently and posted similar thoughts on my blog earlier this week. Not only are there so many mercies (even in the midst of trial) that we can be aware of if we take the time to see them, but there are so many mercies God shows us that we don't even know about–all those things that could have been my lot today, and yet God held them back. Praise the Lord for his marvelous mercies!

  • Mike Holland

    How about a definition of mercy so as to help some distinquish between grace and mercy? Might help some people. Either way it is God who extends to us His mercy and His grace. Thanks for the article.

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  • HENRY

    GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU READERS, AND GRANT YOU HIS MERCIES.

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  • Renee Satchel

    We do take so many day-to-day activities for granted, and I wanted to Thank the Father for his love, mercy and grace, for his love endureth forever :)

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