“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
In the Old Testament, when God did something memorable or miraculous for the children of Israel, they would erect a monument to commemorate the event. I think it’s a faith-building tool to keep a record of those amazing times in our lives when we see God’s hand of help and hope.
We may not be able to see how God is going to provide a plan while were in the middle of trouble, but hindsight shows us He was handling things all along. Romans 8:28 in the Message says, “That’s why we can be sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
I have a special journal where I write down all that God has done and when I add to the list, I’m able to spend some time reviewing previous blessings on my gratitude list and my trust is strengthened all over again. I call these my Monumental Moments, so I won’t forget those moments when God clearly intervened to take care of me, and supply what I needed in those challenging times.
The Lord wanted His people to erect a monument so that they wouldn’t forget His goodness and provision. We journal our Monumental Moments for the same reason. Can I encourage you, to sit down with your journal, a pen, and a cup of your favorite tea? Look back over the landscape of your life and acknowledge God’s grace as you recognize his patient care over the years, even when you doubted his goodness. Thank him for his provision and let this awareness fuel your faith in the future.
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