I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! As we march on through January, it’s important to look back to some things in 2019. Lessons are so important. You could either learn a lesson or miss out on a lesson. Each year brings with it a few lessons. In 2019, I found myself becoming more aware of the lessons I was being faced with. I decided to jot down some of the lessons and share in subsequent blog entries major lessons I learned from the previous few years. Here goes 2019!
- God’s mercy is for you. 2019 was the year where I found out first hand for myself that God’s mercy is not just something I read about in the Bible. It is for me and it is in fact new with every morning (Lamentations 2:22-23).
- God loves you. This goes hand in hand with the first lesson. God does in fact love me. Not just me, but He loves you. Yes, so much so that He sent His son Jesus for you, but also so much so in the fact that He didn’t just stop there. He has dreams and plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11) Somehow, I let myself forget or maybe even doubt that this was true for me. You have to choose to believe that God wants good for you. You have to choose to believe He is for you and not against you, especially when circumstances around say otherwise (Hebrews 11:6).
- Choosing to go your own way and doing your own thing shows your lack of trust in God’s will, plan, purpose, protection, and timing (Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 8:28).
- In the fight seek God, and in the victory, seek God. He wants us to celebrate with Him too when that breakthrough comes! He’s not just there to hear our cries and bail us out. He is there to rejoice with us in our triumphs! After all, He is the one leading us to victory (1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14).
- Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path always (Psalm 119:102). Lamps need to be recharged, whether battery operated or otherwise. As such, you and I need to constantly revisit the Word of God and not rely on the what we think we know about the Bible. This also means we need to remind ourselves of the words He has spoken to us directly. Also, a light to the path will only work if and when we actually begin to walk. You and I need to move in faith on the Word and not just stay put waiting for things to fall into place for us.
- How you respond to the good news of others reveals your heart. Are you rejoicing at their good news? Are you sulking in sadness that it is not you who got that good news? Or are you even saying negative things about those people and the veracity or their news? None of that is needed. Rejoice with those who rejoice and see it as you getting closer to your own blessing (Romans 12:15a).
- How you respond when God brings about what you asked for also reveals your heart. Did you bless God and thank Him? Did you decided to go do your own thing now that you got what you prayed for? Are you acknowledging that this was achieved through His grace and power or are you saying it was all your own strength that got you to where you are? Remember to praise the Lord from Whom all blessings flow (James 1:17).
- Life is about processes and progress, not solely about goals or achievements. This was a hard lesson for me. We can’t get to the top without climbing. Even if you take a helicopter up there, you still gotta climb into! #IJS We can’t climb without taking the first step. I’m guilty of so quickly wanting to get to where or what I want to get and totally missing the joy, glory, and beauty of the transitory period where I could be learning and growing. Even Jesus had to go through adolescence! He did plop unto our world as full grown man and I think it’s because He knew there was something intrinsic about growing and processes.
- Walking with God is not about perfection through the eyes of man, but perfection through the eyes of your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:48).
- In the midst of chaos, confusion, and circumstances that seems bleak, there is still hope, light, mercy, and grace (Lamentations 2:22-23).
What lessons did 2019 leave with you? Feel free to share in the comment section below!