God’s Word for Today: Reflections. This being the last day of the year, we are almost buried with reflections. Many a TV program has, is, or will be sharing reflections of events that happened this past year. I was watching one program last night that was showing clips from various events. And of course, they did not disappoint me, showing 9 bad things that happened for every 1 good thing they shared. This bothers me, but it is human nature to be drawn to bad things that happen. Even chickens with their little pea sized brains go running to see the chicken that had the misfortune to get run over by a car. Then, they proceed to devour that dead chicken. Maybe I should not have shared that part. Something we would rather not have reflections on.
So, how was your year? We will see and hear reflections of others, but what about YOU? Did you have a good year? Did you have a fair to midland year? Did you have a year where loss outweighed all the good? Are you glad this year is over and hope that next year will be better?? Will the celebration tonight be the highlight of a culmination of greatness, or a time to feel the weight of, not so good?
Many thoughts, many reflections. I cannot tell you about yours. I cannot tell you what to think or feel. I know only how my year was. And I don’t know if you want me to share or not. That doubt thing that keeps creeping up. Hope it goes away next year.
Anyway, I had to say goodbye to some very good friends. And I shared the pain of other friends who had to say goodbye to someone very close to them. It seems like the list kept growing. They all hurt. They all, are now a part of my memories and my heart, that I will treasure till the day I see them again. This was the heavy part of my year.
There were also so many, many good things. Oh man, was I blessed. The tears of my sorrows from loss are now combining with the tears of joyful reflections that are almost overwhelming. Each and every one of you are a part of that joy, and I thank you!
Romans 7:18. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
Talk about a buzz kill. Who even wants to read that Scripture once, no less twice? But, if you slow down (I have to force myself to do this when reading Scripture because I have a tendency to fly though it, like well, I don’t know, like fly through it) and really read, and try to understand, this Scripture it is most fitting for today’s word.
What better way of reflection that to admit that a person’s sinful nature is no good. It is wrong. It leads to nothing. It has destroyed so many good things we have going on. It is something we would love to leave back here in 2015 never to face again.
Sadly, our sinful nature is going to follow us into 2016. If we don’t keep it at bay, not follow, but actually lead us into 2016. We don’t want it to. We don’t want anything to do with Mr. Sinful Nature. We really, really want to do what is right and good. We plan on taking another run at it in 2016.
Hebrews 4:16. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
There we go. Now we are talking. Confidence, mercy, grace. Good stuff.
Today, enjoy some reflections. Cry through some others. Take care of business. Then, approach God one last time for the year. Ask Him to find mercy and grant you grace to destroy your sinful nature. It is time to start on some new reflections……………….
Prayer: Dearest Lord, granter and provider of all that is good, I thank you for the reflections of 2015. The good and the not so good are all a part of my life. I thank you for your abundant blessings. Forgive me the times this year I could not even realize your blessings because of my pain. But Lord, I know that is not in my true nature. You and I God, are going to tackle 2016 together. I know it is not going to be perfect, but I look forward to what you God, and I, can accomplish together. In Jesus’, whose reflections have saved my life, name I pray. Amen.