Written by Rick Velez:
During the last week of December, my wife and I like to sit and watch the News do their segment “the year in review”. It highlights significant events of the past year — the triumphs and failures of important people, natural disasters, economic shifts, and remembers celebrities and leaders who passed away. The most surprising events usually receive the top spot. This is a great opportunity for us to take stock as well.
Q. If you reviewed the past year of your life, what would appear on the list?
Q. Has an unexpected event caused you to question God or more deeply experience his goodness?
Read Psalm 77:1-14
Psalm 77 chronicles the lament of a person in distress who felt as if God no longer cared (vv.7-9). “Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forever more?” (v.8). Yet, even in anguish, the psalmist said, “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember Your wonders of Old” (v.11). The result was a renewal of trust and hope: “You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the people” (v.14).
As you think back over this past year, why not write down the significant events in your life. Don’t be afraid to include your difficulties and disappointments, but remember to consider all the ways God has been with you.
During every difficulty, we can always find the faithfulness of God.