Lately, I haven’t been writing as much as in previous months. Since I’m retired, I certainly have the time, and I’m always being inspired by God's presence and His truth. But to be honest, I’m not getting much of anything done that is visible to others. I’m going through a season with God during which He’s making unseen, hard-to-define changes that are emotionally difficult and almost impossible to explain. I'm sure that some of you can identify.
During this unusual chapter of my life, Iam learning the value of just putting one foot in front of the other, doing things whether I feel like it or not. In the natural realm, this discipline has enabled me to get my taxes filed ahead of time. It’s also helping me get past my growing dislike of certain chores, like vacuuming. Actually, the older I get, the more I consider house work to be acts of futility, since they require endless repetition. Of course I want a nice clean house, but I want...
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the Earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side – Psalm 71:20-21 NKJV.
Many can agree that God has shown us "great and severe troubles," just as the psalmist writes of. The Lord has excellent reasons for allowing distresses to come our way. They may arrive for correction, sanctification, enlightenment, or a number of other motives. God is always good, so let’s not be complainers. We should praise Him at every turn (James 1:2-4).
As we consistently trust and obey the Lord, just like the psalmist, we can look forward to God "increasing our greatness."
We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and as such, we are already distinguished and remarkable. Yes, we're surely great, but God wants to turn the dial of our brightness way on up past high. He wants to increase our voltage tremendously....
How often do you think of times gone by, wishing you could go back and do a few things differently? Or do you look back with longing to circumstances that were a lot more comfortable? God has blessed us with a capacity to remember our past, but He doesn't want us dwelling there.
TODAY is a glorious gift from the Lord! Every minute of it!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it -
Psalm 118:24 ESV.
Christians don't need to look backward with either regret or desire. And we certainly don't need to be stagnant, allowing yesterday to dictate what happens today. Every new day is filled with tremendous potential for growth and change.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new - 2 Corinthians 5:17.