Reflecting on many things from the past year of ones life, it can be both easy and difficult at times to see how the Lord moves in ones life. The difficulty comes when we often, in faithlessness try to make our way appear to be GOD’s way. We do this or that thinking GOD’s will is going to guide us when its nothing more than ourselves seeking justification for our own actions, our own self righteousness.
Affiliating our mistakes to the will of the Divine is so wrong, our Father allows us to live and make mistakes, none of which is HIS will or choosing. We ask for guidance and expect Him to tell us something, if we ask in faith and not seeking our own glorification He may well give us a direct answer, generally its only those subtle nudges and quiet whispers in our heart. Regardless, our actions should never be about our own glory or righteousness.
When events line up, and it looks like the Lord is blessing our lives, or our decisions its one of the most spiritually exhilarating times to be alive, seeing prayers answered, whether large or small, those things we asked for are set before our face, its like the Lord is laying out the papers and drawing part of His plan for our lives.
It seems that after 38yrs of being a wayward child of God, I think I can say that my time of wandering is almost done, with Solomon I can read this Ecclesiastes 1:13. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith… and nod in agreement. Knowing doesn’t equate wisdom, nor does knowing give understanding, both of these come either with time or blessing or both. I prefer to thank the Father for the little bit of wisdom I have concerning life.
Looking back & seeing where we failed should be a learning experience but for some it isn’t.
Having a desire and curiosity for the Divine, to me, seems a natural occurrance. Its part of human nature to seek for something greater than ourselves. It’s that spiritual part of our being that holds that little knowledge of our Creator, even if pur flesh refuses to acknowledge it. There is coming a day, not to distant, when this Scripture will hold true, Hebrews 8:10. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
That time is what we should be focusing on. The now, its important, without a doubt, but the faithful, their future is their Blessed Hope.
So take the time and reflect, look to see how you think the Lord has blessed your last year in this life, just remember though, blessings include those valley’s as well.