“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9)

God encourages his people to reflect on his activity in their lives. He did this throughout the Old and New Testaments, and this reflective practice exists as important for us still today.

Not only does such reflection produce gratitude and help us see progress, it also gives a gage for future expectations of him. God blesses his people immensely, draws us to himself, and continually goes beyond what we expect or can even imagine, and reflection on his activity in our lives helps us see his activity.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

God also instructs us to live with hope as we focus on him, what he’s done, doing, and will do. Through reflection, we can return our focus to his promises for peace strength and eradication of fear.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

My present is secure, but so is my future. He promises to work good in my life, and he will faithfully lead me toward eternity and final victory with him in heaven. I know this is true because of what he’s already done in my life, what he is doing today, and what he has promised he will do.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)