“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”” 2 Corinthians 12:9a
As we close the chapter of another year, it’s always good to look back and reflect on the events that happened. As I sat in the doctor’s office today, I read through one of my journals from the last half of this year. As I flipped through its pages, personal words and instructions from God grabbed my attention. As I read through them, I was in awe of the things that I had forgotten that God had said to me and instructed me to do.
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 New King James Version
I realized that I had not done what the psalmist in 119:11 had done: Hidden God’s words in my heart. Because of this, I know that I missed some very important things in this last half of the year, and I wasn’t even aware. Where had my mind traveled to that caused me to forget these instructions? What had I allowed my hands to get so busy with that I wasn’t present in being busy with what God had told me to do? Sitting and thinking about this, I remembered James 1:22-25,
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
It seems that I have had a reflection problem. It’s easy to be a hearer of a word, but a doer takers more action. As I reflect on this last half of the year, I realize that I have been more of a hearer than a doer, simply because I forgot what was said to me, I forgot my reflection.
I know that I am not the only one in this boat. Reflect is vital, yet it is something that is easy to forget. I remember there was a period in my life when I was so on the go that I would never stop and look in the mirror to make sure I didn’t forget anything. Sometimes I would walk out the house looking crazy, and be forgetting things. This is what happens when you fill life with busyness and don’t slow down long enough to reflect. I realized I was spending quiet time with God, but not reflecting on what He was saying so I was forgetting. With this information, we can either wallow in self-pity because of mistakes we’ve made, or we can grab ahold of the grace and mercy that has been given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I would prefer to do the latter.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Going forward, I have decided to make some changes in the way I respond to God and His word. One thing I will be doing more of this year is slowing down to reflect, mentally and physically. The more we think about things the more it sticks to us. The more we think about the things of God, the more a path is opened to us.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 New King James Version
Meditating, or thinking on God’s word throughout the day has proven to be a challenge for me, but after reading over many of the things I have forgotten I definitely see its importance. I am reminded of how we learn to crawl, walk, speak, write, and so on, and it all comes from repetition. It comes from doing it over and over again until it becomes a habit. We have to work to create habits, and they are not always so easy to get into or stay in the groove of doing them. But with practice, consistency becomes easier.
This is not something we can do on our own, but it takes that help of the Holy Spirit. God is not surprised by our shortcomings, this is why Christ had to die in our place. He knew we wouldn’t get it right on our own. The beauty is that His grace is sufficient in our weak places.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 New King James Version
We have to be honest with God in where our weak areas are, and we have to invite Him in for help. His love covers a multitude of sin, and He has already said yes to anything we need to be forgiven of through Christ. We just have to be willing to go get it from Him.
We can no longer dwell on the woulda, coulda, shoulda‘s of the past, but we have to get our eyes set on the possibilities of tomorrow that God has in store. His grace will keep us, and His mercies are new each morning. We can’t be afraid to ask for it. We have to stop looking in the rearview mirror at what was. This will only cause us to crash as we try to move forward.
Father, thank You for the year we have had. In the good, the bad, the highs, the lows, You have never left our side. Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy that pulls us to close, and sets us back on the path of righteousness. As we step out of 2017 and into 2018, we ask that You would help us to slow down, and reflect on Your word more so that it would be written on our hearts and we would not sin against You. Thank You for loving us. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Happy New Year’s Everyone and God Bless!
In this next year, reflecting will be a large component in my daily walk with God. What is something new that you are taking into the new year with your relationship with God?