“Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24 (KJV)
It seems appropriate to start the new year off with a new blog–a fresh start, right? One New Year’s resolution I have made is that I hope to generate more blogs in 2016!
Today’s topic is a common January 1st theme, but it is one that resonates with all of us. As I reflected back on the last twelve months, my appreciation and awe for God’s great things kept surfacing to the forefront of my mind.
It’s become the annual tradition to distribute a Finn family Christmas photo card with a letter update to friends and family. Choosing the pictures that highlight events or capture the true essence of the previous year is easy–I only have to log into Face Book and find some great shots!
As I searched for the photos that I wanted to represent us for 2015, I was struck by the great things God has done in our home and lives. My heart got all warm and fuzzy, and an abundance of joy flooded my soul. Despite some times of testing and weakness, God was faithful and did not fail me. Although 2015 had its bumps (and bruises), I could lean on Him and learn how all-sufficient He is!
The verse I have referenced today has become my life verse. I like to re-read it from time to time, and meditate on its meaning. The Hebrew definition for consider means to see or gaze upon. Isn’t that what we do with past memories, a former year? We reflect back, gaze upon its significance, its challenges and lessons learned. Does that not motivate us into action, striving to charge ahead and grasp the new year with energy and purpose?
The counsel given “to fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart” can be heeded because our spirits have enthusiastically and lovingly considered the great things He has done for us. We are encouraged to stay close to God, surrender self and worship Him sincerely.
Can you attest to the truth found in this passage? Why not make a list of the ways God has shown Himself real to you in 2015 and thank Him for His goodness and grace.
May your New Year 2016 be filled with blessings–be watchful and ready to acknowledge the great things He will do!