“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” (Psalm 143:5 NIV)
We focus on what we want God to do for us, without spending time thinking about what He has already done. I have a box full of prayer journals in my guest bedroom closet. My practice of finding a scripture that speaks to me, then writing about it is not new. I’ve been writing in journals for years. But rarely do I go back and read what I wrote. Rarely do I spend time thinking about what God has already done for me.
Instead, I’m busy telling God what I want Him to do for me today. The image of a choral director comes to mind. As I’m praying, I’m directing God’s attention to whatever the current problem is. Lord, this friend needs this, that friend needs that. Everyone needs something. Help them all God. I’m not remembering, He already has a plan. He’s already written the book:
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 NIV)
God has already written your book.
God has already provided everything you will need in this life. He knows what was, what is and what will be in your life. Time and time again, as you face challenges, He’s gotten you through. Situations you thought were impossible, He’s made possible. He’s answered prayers in ways you couldn’t imagine. He’s given you hope when you had none. He’s helped you face your fears.
One of my biggest fears is the loss of someone I love. When I hear of tragic deaths, I immediately think of losing a loved one that way. But then I remember when I did lose a loved one, how God carried me through those moments. I remember how God gave me my husband at the perfect time. He gave me a partner to help me through the loss of my mother, my nephew, my sister-in-law and my friend. On all of those difficult days in my life, God had provided help. When my husband lost his mom, I was there for him. God provided for us when we needed help, before we ever needed it.
Now, when the anxiety of losing someone tries to steal my joy, I think of those difficult days. I think of how God provided for us. I remember the days of long ago, I consider what God has already done. When I do, my anxiety lessens, my faith grows.
Remember what God has already done for you. Let your faith grow, knowing God already has a plan.
Question of the Day:
What has God already done for you in your life?
Further Reading: 2 Kings 8:1-9:13 NIV, Acts 16:16-40 NIV, Psalm 143 NIV, Proverbs 17:26 NIV