Devotional for Wednesday November 20th

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Remember the wonderful works He has done, His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced, you offspring of Israel His servant, Jacob’s descendants – His chosen ones.” 1 Chronicles 16:12-13 (HCSB)

Our thought for today: “Learn to trust God by remembering what He has done for you in the past.”

One of the best ways for us to learn to trust God for today and for tomorrow is to remember His faithfulness in the past. The ancient Israelites had a cultural tradition of memorizing God’s miraculous interventions on their behalf down through the generations, and then reciting those stories back to each other. They did it in the synagogues as part of their act of worship, also at special times of civic celebrations, and during times of family gatherings as well. Reminding themselves of God’s past faithfulness was a way of strengthening their faith in Him in the present and for the future.

In his Bible study “Experiencing God – Knowing and doing the will of God” Henry Blackaby encourages us to construct what he calls “a spiritual map”. We create a spiritual map by recalling every significant event in our lives and recording them chronologically. The events we would include would be anything that had a big impact on us, either in a positive or negative way, and which contributed to the person we have turned out to be. So on your spiritual map would be things like your salvation experience, mission trips, marriage, births of children, jobs landed and lost, educational experiences, the death of those close to you, etc. You would also include the influence of significant people in your life as well as any other event that helped to make you who you are.

Then Blackaby encourages us to slowly and prayerfully review that map and look for the hand of God not only in the individual events, but also throughout the course of your life. Doing that kind of retrospective review really does help us to see the activity of God in our lives in the past. That then helps to strengthen our faith in Him for the present and in the future.

Some people have the spiritual discipline of keeping a journal. A journal essentially becomes an ongoing spiritual map and ends up serving the same purpose. You can always go back and review it to see how God has worked in your life in the past.

Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past helps to strengthen our faith and trust in Him now.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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