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Several days ago I dug out a little box of Christian encouragement cards that an old friend gave to me a few years ago. It’s been a while since I used these as part of my daily reflection / devotional time, but as always, the message on the card each day touches me in places where I need God’s touch. Yesterday’s card said:
God does not work on our time table, but God’s timing is always perfect. Reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past, and you will find the strength you need today. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love for a thousand generations.” Deut. 7:9
This message from the Spirit was just what I needed… The thought of reflecting on God’s faithfulness in order to find strength for today continues to come up in my mind and spirit… I realize more and more as the years pass, that strength for each day is a gift from God, from a faithful God. When we are young, we take strength for granted, we assume that physical, mental and emotional strength we feel will always be available. But after living for years, and experiencing life’s punches, life’s ups and downs, I realize that the strength I need comes only from the Lord. I no longer take it for granted, but I seek the Lord’s help, I reflect on His faithfulness.
Part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, of living as a member of the Kingdom of God, of the Lord’s church, is to reflect on God’s faithfulness, not only to ourselves, but to others. Distress and the difficulties of life should drive us to the Lord. Reflecting on the Lord’s faithfulness in such times should turn us around, get us back on the “way of salvation.” We will be “more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ll (you’ve) come out of this with purity of heart.” (2 Cor. 7:11-13; The Message)
That’s what I want in my life… God’s strength and purity of heart. I want to be more alive today, more human, more reverent. I want to not only experience His presence, but experience His strength that will enable me to become more like Jesus.
Reflect on His faithfulness to you and you too will find strength for today.