Living Reflectively

“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”  (Ps. 8:4)

Anyone who takes the time to think of how much God loves him or her would be amazed by how unfathomable God’s love for him or her is.

Those who live thoughtlessly:  There are people who live thoughtlessly and, therefore, aimlessly.  For them life is a seemingly unending series of trial and errors.  Such people never realize that God is good.  Their lives consist of their making one wrong impulsive decision after another, yet they have the gall to blame God for the consequences of their mistakes.

Those who live in the past:  There are those who live in the past.  Some huge wrong decision in the past had pulled them down and has kept them down, and they never seem to lift up their heads to consider the possible solutions to their problems.

Those who live for the moment:  There are those who live for the moment, the here and now.  Esau is a very good example of this type of people.  The Bible tells us that one day Esau got back home from hunting in the forest, and he was famished.  He saw that his twin brother, Jacob, had prepared a delicious-looking red stew.  Esau asked if Jacob would be kind enough to give him some of his stew.  Jacob responded that he would give Esau the stew only if Esau would sell him his birthright.  Esau, who was focused only on his hunger at that time, would proceed to sell Jacob his birthright for some stew that would satisfy his hunger that one time alone (see Genesis 25:29-34).

Those who live for the moment do not take the time to consider the consequences of their decisions and actions.  Their motto is, “Do it if it will satisfy a need now.” 

Those who live for the next miracle:  What the Israelites did in the course of their wilderness wanderings is a classic example of those who live for the next miracle.  God was performing one miracle after another to take care of them, yet whenever a problem came along—even when it was a problem that God had solved for them in the past, such as their having problems with water—they would throw their hands up in despair and murmur against the Lord God who was even suspending the laws of nature to take care of them.  By their actions such people are always asking, “What have you done for me lately, God?”

Those who live reflectively:  What we need to do is to live reflectively, reminding ourselves of what God has done in the past, assuring ourselves of the fact that God is capable of doing today what he did in the past, and looking to the future with hope, being confident of the fact that there is no problem we can face that God does not have the ability to solve.  It is that type of reflective spirit that makes the psalmist cry out, “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him” (Psalm 8:4).

David was likewise so amazed by how good God was toward him that he would exclaim, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that you have brought me thus far?” (2Samuel 7:18).

The author of Lamentations expressed the same sentiments, saying, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Live reflectively, and you would join the psalmist in acknowledging, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8).

Thinking reflectively is what enables you to focus on how good God is to you and on thanking the Lord for his goodness toward you.

2 responses

  1. Great post Felisi. I was reading Leviticus and I noticed some of the laws God gave were meant to ensure the Israelites reflected on God; the grain offerings and the seven feasts. I believe reflecting on what God has done, is doing and will do helps us embrace God’s grace and cultivates the fear of the Lord in us.

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