Considering the rate at which the month of November is disappearing, I think it is safe to say that we are officially in the end-of-year busy season. In no time at all 2015 will be done and dusted, lost in a haze of Christmas lights, car park rage, and hot summer days.
Crazy, I know.
If you are like me, in the midst of this end-of-year craziness, you too experience the temptation to simply hurtle ahead, carried forward by a combination of caffeine and what your calendar tells you is next. If you are like me you are more fixated on what is coming up than what has been. If you are like me, you rarely take time to stop, pause, and reflect.
And this, I think, is to our detriment.
One of the repeated refrains of the Old Testament, particularly the book of Deuteronomy, is to “Remember what the Lord your God has done” (cf. Deut. 5:15; 7:18; 8:18; 15:15; 24:9). This reminder to remember is obviously set within the context of God’s redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt, but still, it holds a valuable lesson for us today.
Indeed, as we hurtle through the closing chapters of 2015, it is important for us to be reminded: “Remember what the Lord your God has done.”
Popular author John Piper wrote recently: “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” This is true. But it’s also true that if we do not intentionally take the time to stop, pause, and reflect on where God is at work in our lives, we may even miss those three things.
Let me encourage you to take some time before 2015 is over to reflect on the way in which God has faithfully been at work in your life throughout the year. Take some time to, “Remember what the Lord your God has done.” Reflect on the ways in which God has stretched you, encouraged you, corrected you, loved you, rebuked you, provided for you, or the 10,000 other things He may have done.
And take some time to thank Him that throughout 2015, in all things, He has been working for your good (Rom. 8:28), He has never left you (Matt. 28:20), He has given you power when you were weak (Is. 40:29), peace when you were perplexed (Php. 4:17), He has allowed nothing to separate you from Him (Rom. 8:35), He has been bringing to completion what was started in your life (Php. 1:6), and most reassuringly of all, throughout 2015 absolutely no purpose of His has been thwarted (Job 42:2)!
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!—Romans 11:33