Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) Evangelical Christians need to listen to the criticisms of those who do not like us, and one of these criticisms is that we are arrogant. That is a...
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” 2 Samuel 7:18
David was not beyond sliding into self-pity. “I have all this burden of responsibility. I have been opposed and misrepresented for seven difficult years. God closed the door on what I wanted to do and gave me the miserable assignment of fighting all these wretched wars.”
But there’s nothing like that here. What does David do when God closes a door on something good that he wants? He sits down in the presence of God and he counts his blessings.
Here’s what you can do when your heart is cold: Sit down and call to mind what God has done for you. Think about all that God has poured into your life by nature and providence. Do you have gifts and talents? Have opportunities opened up for you? Are there people who love you and care for you?
Then think about all that is yours in Jesus Christ. Forgiven for all your many sins, adopted into God’s own family, saved from the wrath to come, indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God who will never leave you nor forsake you. What do you have that you did not receive?
If you are facing a major disappointment in your life, sit down in the presence of the Lord with a pen and a notebook. Ask God to help you bring your many blessings to mind. Look back over your life and write down what God has done for you.
When was the last time you sat down in the presence of God and wrote down all the many blessings he has poured into your life?