READ: “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered.” (1 Chronicles 16: 11-12 ESV)
TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Maybe it’s the way our brains are wired, but somehow, we tend to remember our heartaches, struggles, and failures the most. Our eyes shift from Jesus and linger long on the mistakes we wished we hadn’t made. Regret shrouds our days, and we find ourselves living fearful, frail and frazzled lives.
But God has called us to remember His faithfulness. To pause, reflect, and celebrate who He is and what He has done.
God-focused not self-focused remembering helps us to see the accomplishments, joys, thrills and yes, even the blessings of the challenges as gifts from our loving Father. We’ll remember the peace that remained even when days got long and hard, the comfort in our darkest moments, and the power that kept us going when we felt we could not go on.
So, when we fall painfully short of our expectations and stumble under the weight of our responsibilities, let us prayerfully readjust our focus. Let us look backward at all God has done, look inward and remember His Spirit within us, and look forward in anticipation of what He will continue to do as He displays His glory in our lives.
PRAY: Dear LORD, You have done wondrous things for me, and I am glad. From the gift of my salvation to every spiritual blessing and Your continual presence with me, Your works are wonderful. Forgive me, LORD, when I lose my sense of wonder. Fill me anew with awe of who You are and what You have done for me. And may I celebrate You, today, LORD. In Jesus Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.
REFLECT: Do you struggle with regret? How can you choose instead to celebrate what God has done for you?
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