As I look back on 2017 my mind immediately recalls the hard stuff. But the Spirit within me quickly reminds me of the goodness of our Lord. I am seeing even in the hard things, He is always faithful and good.
The last several days I have taken a spiritual inventory. What are the truths God revealed to me in 2017? And what is He stirring in my heart for 2018? I encouraged my 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school class to think about a spiritual goal for 2018, so I am doing the same.
A glance back at my Bible and journal in 2017…
I saw prayers answered and I saw prayers that I will continue to bring to the Lord. I made my way through Luke, some of Isaiah, Ephesians, Angie Smith’s Seamless study, Philippians and 2 Corinthians. There were many treasures in these books but as I took inventory one word kept penatrating my heart. TRUST.
Trust– reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, of a person or thing; confidence
Not trust in a person or thing but trust in the Lord with all your heart. Rely on the integrity, strength, ability and surety of God Almighty.
In Luke 8:43-48, a women completely trusted that Jesus had all she needed and desperately fought her way through a crowd and was healed by touching the fringe of his robe. Jesus said to her in verse 48, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
She trusted Jesus. May we be intentional to fight our way through the crowd to be with our Savior and have faith.
In Isaiah 26:3-4, I was reminded, “God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, whose thoughts are fixed on Him. Trust in the Lord God always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”
In Ephesians 3:20 God tells us, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
Trust that God will accomplish infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes and dreams.
In Seamless, Angie Smith says on pg 24,
“We aren’t God. That means we can’t “put ourselves in His place,” and any attempts to apply our own standards and expectations on Him are basically futile. He is entirely separate from us, and fully sovereign -meaning He can do what He wants when He wants. He is also fully love so what He does is ultimately loving whether we can presently understand or not.”
Lord, help us trust you are fully sovereign and fully love.
In Philippians 4:6-7, God instructs us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known by God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Lord, with thanksgiving let our requests be known to You and trust all is well.
And I end with 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
Praise God for this truth! God, help us trust in You completely in 2018. The joys to come will last forever. 🙂