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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. Lamentations 3:22

Consumed is one of those words in the English language with positive and negative connotations. For example, a house that burns it is consumed, but when we eat, we also consume. The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes it variable as “to do away with completely” but also “to enjoy avidly” and “to engage fully.”

The Bible reflects a tension between negative consequences (sin, destruction) and positive outcomes (divine presence, purification). Context plays a crucial role in interpreting its meaning. In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:15), the cities were consumed by their iniquity and wickedness. The negative connotation here emphasizes the consequences of sin and disobedience. Leviticus 6:10 instructs the priest to “remove the ashes from the burnt offering on the altar.” These ashes were the remnants of the fire consumed during the sacrificial process. It’s good that there was ash because the gifts had been accepted.

Putting today’s verse in the context of this word, God, in His grace, consumes us not with fire but with his compassion. 1 John 1:9 says, "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." If we were to experience the kind of consumption we deserve, we would receive the Sodom and Gomorrah treatment, but by His great love, He instead consumes us with the Holy Spirit.

As Christ’s followers, we are called to be consumed by heavenly priorities and God’s kingdom. In Colossians 3:1–4, the apostle Paul encourages believers to set their hearts and minds on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. In the Gospel, Jesus urges His followers to partake of His flesh and blood. This language symbolizes a complete union with Christ. As believers, we are invited to be wholly consumed by His life, character, and teachings. In John 4:23–24, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” Our worship involves being consumed by the connection with God. Our minds, hearts, and actions should reflect this heavenly focus.

Heavenly Father, we come before You with hearts full of gratitude. Your Word reminds us that we are not consumed because of Your great love. Your compassions never fail—they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord.

You are our portion in our brokenness. When darkness surrounds us, we find hope in Your unwavering love. You are the God who sustains us, even when our strength falters. Your mercies are a wellspring of grace, refreshing us day by day.

We thank you for your love, which reaches beyond our failures and weaknesses, for the promise of new beginnings each morning, and for being our portion, refuge, and hope.

As we journey through life, may our hearts burn with a desire to know You more intimately. May Your Word be our sustenance and Your Spirit our guide. May we seek You diligently, trusting that You are good to those who wait upon You.

When trials overwhelm us, remind us that You are faithful. Teach us to wait with expectant hearts, knowing that Your plans are perfect. May our lives reflect Your compassion, grace, and mercy.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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