All Things New
“He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” — Revelation 21:5
Yesterday (Monday) was awful. It was just one of those Murphy’s Law kind of days. As I sit and ponder it now, it should not have been a bad day at all. Unfortunately, it snowed a month or so ago and we were out of work for a day. Well, Monday just happened to be the make-up day for that snow day. It was a full moon, and it was just a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day.
When days like this occur, I have gotten pretty accustomed to claiming Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” I know God has a purpose in it all. I count it an honor to love Him and be one of His “called.” I take great comfort in this . . . even great pleasure.
I have gotten fairly decent at “keeping my eyes on the prize.” What I mean by that is that I stay focused on Jesus, guard my attitude, and guard my thoughts and my words. Gradually, I have digressed in recent weeks. I am finding myself “surviving” instead of “thriving.” As I type this out, my mind sees a war being carried out in the unseen realm. I know that I am under a spiritual attack.
Monday, once my day actually got started, I thought very little of God. This continued throughout the rest of the day. By the end of the day, someone told me what a wonderful job I do and that I deserved all the praise that I get for doing it. How did I respond? I just gave one of my half grins and said nothing. I went home and thought nothing of it. I did mind-numbing computer/television activities the rest of the day until time to sleep and finally put the dreadful day in the books.
As all things are made new this morning and I spend time with God, I see very clearly. I easily repent of my failures and my forgetfulness of Him . . . I do fail and forget more than I care to admit. However, I am struggling with this issue of pride. I have always been quick to give God the glory when I am complimented, but for some reason, Monday, I allowed someone to give me glory and did not reflect it right back to Him. For this reason, I am asking Him not only for forgiveness, but a change in heart that wants above all to honor and glorify Him in everything that I say and do.
Lord, today, will you once more make all things new in my heart and mind? I know I am taking the verse a bit out of context, but I find myself drifting and allowing the flow of the world to slowly move me backwards. Will you go before me and make my path straight? Will you for the thousandth time allow me to start anew? Help me to keep my mind on you, for there is, and never will be another like you. Help me to walk with you this day and be constantly aware of your Presence.
Moment by moment, I’m kept in His love
Moment by moment, I’ve life from above
Looking to Jesus ‘til Glory doth shine
Moment by moment, O Lord I am Thine