Reflecting On God’s Glory & Life Through Bible Verses
An integral part of our Christian walk is to reflect on our journey often appreciating all of God's glory and how it has positively impacted our lives.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
– 2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV)
From day to day, we make countless decisions. We’re constantly on the go, planning our every move. But how often do we pause to simply reflect on our lives? We can become so busy focusing on the minute details of our lives that we forget to examine the bigger picture. God has a plan for us, and we are merely living a fraction of it at any given moment. Therefore, it is good to take time to think about all that we have experienced and how God has worked in us. Reflection helps us to focus on what truly matters. So what kinds of things should we reflect on?
The most important thing to reflect on is, of course, our relationship with God. After all, the whole purpose for our existence revolves around Him. No other mission – not money, not family, not even world peace – matters quite as much as knowing Christ and making Him known. Are we devoted to the mission? Or are we putting other things ahead of God? Is there unconfessed sin in our lives? Is there anything we’re trying to hide from God? These are the heavy, yet crucial things that we should ponder often. If we simply ignore our weaknesses and wait for them to go away, they will eventually wear down the very foundation of our faith.
While reflection does involve constructive criticism, it also involves celebration. The purpose of reflection is not to dwell on our past mistakes, but to discover the nature of God, so that we can become more like Christ. Therefore, a spirit of thankfulness and joy is necessary. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” We should reflect on all the blessings that God has given us, and how we have seen Him move in our lives. We should consider His faithfulness and trust that God always keeps His promises. He is sovereign yesterday, today, and forever. Our faith in Him, then, should only grow stronger through the years.
All in all, there are endless ways to engage in reflection; there is no “right way” to reflect. Think about experiences you’ve had, people you’ve met, decisions you’ve made – all the things that have made you who you are. Empty your mind of all your worries and anxieties, and just rest in the presence of God. Reflection is not only healthy – it is a vital part of the Christian walk. If we don’t watch our lives carefully, we can unknowingly let the lies of Satan creep in. But by reflecting on the past, we may learn to trust more fully in God in the future.