Rejoicing and thanking God for the grace of seeing us through 2017 (January – November) until this last month of December, it is usually my practice to also use this time of the year to have an inward look and self-examination. This is such a time that I pray you and I would intentionally and genuinely desire to put right some areas of our life in relationship with Christ where we have failed His expectation for our life. It could be a hidden sin unknown to no one else but known by us and God. It could be an unfilled pledge or oath we prayed and made with God that if He did it, we would deliver, but not yet. Many Christians and church people tend to be unfaithful in regular giving of their tithe and offering to God. Some of such ones often feel guilty Sunday after Sunday procrastinating till next time. All these scenarios can now be taken care of this last month of 2017 by us asking God to help us to deliver.
Like prophet Moses, we all can candidly testify that we daily enjoy the grace and mercy of God on our life, in spite of our shortcomings. One writer said of Moses that the quality of his speech and attitude changed over time, and he went from being angry and complaining to being grateful and pleading. And that time came when he said to God, “Now therefore, I pray, If I have found grace in your sight, show me your way, that I may know you and that I may find (more ) grace in your sight. . . “ And God said back to Moses, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:13-14).The lesson for us all here is that the more we experience God’s grace in our life (which we cannot doubt), the more humbled we ought to become to draw us closer to God in repentance and positive attitude change that honors and glorifies the Lord. As we begin the last month of 2017, what area of your life do you need to offer as a sweet smelling sacrifice to God?
Dr. Johnson Omoni
Dr. Johnson Omoni