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Looking back helps you see how God is actively involved in your life.

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15 And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, 16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” – Genesis 48:15-16

Jacob reflects back on his life and can see God’s faithfulness. God went before his grandfather, Abraham, and walked with his father, Isaac. And, at the end of Jacob’s life, he can say with confidence, “God has been my shepherd all my [whole] life long” (Genesis 48:15). Of course, there were times when Jacob did not sense closeness with God or believe God would come through. Yet, when he looks back, Jacob sees God in every situation. Like a shepherd, God watched over him, prodded him, coddled him and directed him. Jacob even recalls how the “angel” wrestled with him and delivered him.

Unfortunately, with all the noise around us, it can be difficult to reflect and even more difficult to remain present. But for all of us, hindsight is 20/20. We can see God’s faithfulness after the fact – but only if we’re looking for it. When you look back over your life, do you notice God’s faithfulness? Can you name times when God has been your shepherd – prodding or protecting you? Looking back helps you see how God is actively involved in your life. Plus, reflecting will help you recognize and experience God in the present, too.

We all want to experience God and his character, not just recognize him in hindsight. Today, take time to listen to Eric Nevin’s podcast and hear how everyday believers are experiencing God – both in hindsight and in the present. Allow these stories to help you reflect back on God’s faithfulness in your story too. Feel free to return to this resource anytime you need encouragement in your walk with God.

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
– Hebrews 12:1-2

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By Yvonne Biel 

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