I found an old diary today. A prayer journal, actually.
As I was reading through, I was thinking:
“Wow, it’s hard to believe I was struggling with this. Feels like another lifetime ago!”
“Man, God is faithful to bring me out of that one!”
“He. Is. Sovereign.”
I’m glad I wrote these things down so that I can look back and be reminded of how God has cared enough to work in the intricacies of my life. After all, who am I but DUST apart from HIM?
But God LOVES His people and cares for the big and the small things.
The One who makes us righteous before a holy God is faithful to bring about our sanctification too! In other words, He fixed our standing before God (we couldn’t even come near His holy presence without the sacrifice of Christ on the cross—but now, if we are His, that unending debt is paid for), and He is going to make us 100% like our beloved, perfect Jesus in time.
God commands His people time after time:
“Write this down.”
(I’m paraphrasing, of course.)
Journaling about my life is not to be equated with keeping record of redemptive history; however, it goes to show how much we NEED to be reminded. Why? Because God isn’t good, faithful, and sovereign? No! But rather because we get side tracked. A lot. And we forget. A lot.
Remember what God has done in scripture. If He never does another thing for us, He has already done more than you and I could ever deserve.
In order to remember it, we must know it. To know it, study it. To study it, read it and hear it.
Also remember that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He provided thousands of years ago, and He does today. He was in charge and 100% good then, and that hasn’t changed an iota. When we ask from God what is within His will, we will receive what we ask for. We serve a God who knows how many hairs are on each of our heads, when we will take our last breaths, and the deepest anxieties and longings of our souls—and He cares about it all and wants to align it all with His will; He is sovereign over it all.
When we remember what God has done, we remember who He is; it is THEN that we can behold His glory.