Thus far has the Lord helped us’” [1 Samuel 7:12]

This is a season when ‘taking stock’ or checking inventory provides you with past production, present progress and future expectations.  Time to check-in and check-up on either turning loose or taking hold.  This is the season to get a firmer grip on where you are, where you are going and reiterating the wonderful faithfulness of God—a time to affirm—thus far has the Lord helped us!

Philip Yancey says: ‘On my first visit to Yellowstone National Park, flocks of tourists surrounded the geyser; Old Faithful, cameras trained like weapons while a big digital clock predicted the next eruption.  We were in the dining room of the inn overlooking the geyser when the clock showed one minute to go.  So along with every other diner, we rushed to the window to see the big event.  We “oohed” and “aahed” and clicked our cameras; some even applauded.  But glancing back I noticed that not a single waiter bothered even to look up.  Old Faithful had become so familiar; it had lost its power to impress them’.

So many people look at what is not happening or at circumstances that are so familiar they forget how they have come…thus far…or what has already been accomplished. When we concentrate on what is not happening or become familiar with our blessings our energies are spent on manmade achievements and forcing agendas unknown to God.

Today ‘be still’ long enough to remind yourself of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness to you.  Give Him praise for bringing you…thus far.  His Word says, “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day”. [Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT]  Begin again today with praise…He has brought you…thus far!

Further reading: Genesis 29-31 – Praise 103

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