New Year is a good time to pause and take stock, a time to remember the things of the past.
It is a time to remember that we are God’s servants. He is not ours. We are here today and gone tomorrow. “All people are like grass, and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV) We are not in control. God is. Covid 19 has taught us that.
It is a time to remember that our achievements are not our own and are no cause for pride. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 reads, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he that gives you the ability to produce wealth…”
It is a time to remember what God has done and how He’s been with us even through tough times.
“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all – oh, how well I remember – the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is your faithfulness!“(Lamentations 3:19-23 The Message)
It is a time to remember the good, the positive, the moments of love and to give thanks to God.
However, Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (NIV)
This is followed by a list of opposites. I would like to add the following to the list:-
There is a time to remember and a time to forget.
Tomorrow I will look at a time to forget.
This post is part of JusJoJan