Looking Back

Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. ESV Haggai 1:5

As 2017 draws to a close, I’m taking time to reflect on the year. It went by faster than I could have imagined. In some ways, I utilized my time well and moved closer to my goals. In other ways, I failed to maximize the resources God gave me. Either way, 2017 lies behind me now, and I need to consider what I learned from it so as to make the mots of any time God gives me in 2018.

Interestingly enough, God wants us to pause and reflect on our choices. In the verse above, He’s begging the Israelites to consider how hard they are working and how little they are gaining. He goes on to show them that because they have failed to put Him first and finish rebuilding His house (the temple), He has intentionally withheld His blessings from them. Isn’t that fascinating? Have you ever considered that perhaps your frustrations in 2017 may have been caused by God? Perhaps we were too focused on ourselves and not focused on living for Him. Perhaps, like He did with Israel, He allowed us to struggle, hoping we would consider our ways and turn to Him. It doesn’t mean that everything bad in 2017 was a result of our sin, but it does mean we should stop and at least consider the possibility.

How was your year? What did you accomplish (or not accomplish)? Take some time today to consider your ways and see if God is trying to get your attention in some way. The new year is an awesome opportunity to start afresh. Make sure your life is in line with God as you begin. Happy New year!

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