Once again, it is time to review and evaluate our life to prayerfully plan for the days ahead. As far as 2020 is concerned, there is much to praise God for the way God has graciously protected many of us in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, for some it was not so favourable due to the financial struggle, physical ailments, even death of dear ones, etc.
As children of God, in retrospection we can say for sure, our God has done everything well in His perfect wisdom. We believe God does everything in His sovereign will for His own glory. We need to humbly abide by the Lord’s purposes and yield, for He does not make any mistake.
We should never imagine for a moment that we exist because of our own merit, health, wealth or any other reason. God in His mercy and longsuffering allowed us to reach hitherto so that we will accomplish His purposes. It is time to seek the face of God, examining our lives and yielding to God for His will to be done in and through our lives.
The words of Jeremiah the weeping prophet of Judah is meaningful in this context. “Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD; Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven.” Lamentations 3:40, 41. Self-examination and repentance are essential for restoration and blessings in our Christian life.
If we examine ourselves with the help of the Lord in the light of His word, it will help us to make necessary corrections so that we shall progress for better.
So, beloved let's come to the Lord with a sincere and open heart and plead with the palmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me.” Psalm 139: 23, 24. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1John 1:9
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What have I done? – The careless sinner. Jeremiah 8:6
What must I do? – The anxious sinner Act 16:30
What shall I do? – The undecided sinner. Matthew 27: 22
Zeng Shen the Chinese philosopher and one of the disciples of Confucius used to ask himself three questions every day from his very young age.
a. 'Have I sinned in my thoughts and actions toward others?'
b. 'Have I broken faith in any of my friendships?'
c. 'Have I tried to teach anything to others I have not fully learned and understood myself?'
Not only he asked these questions but also cultivated a life accordingly. No wonder he became one of the most influential and respected four Sages of Confucianism.
“Humility begins with self-examination, and it continues with self-denial.”
_________ Warren W. Wiersbe
“None of us should sit at the table of the Lord without careful self-examination and confession.”
_________ F.B. Meyer
“Self-examination supposes seriousness and calmness, and prevents precipitation and rashness F.B. Meyer