It is a known fact that some foods such as pizza, stews, soups, and curried recipes are more flavorful on the second day. And who doesn’t readily look forward to eating these tasty leftovers?
God also provides us with leftovers. Many of us suffered from substantial loss in 2020, including myself, who am now a family of one. Even so, I am very thankful that I have life, health, mental and physical strength, and the ability to care for myself. God has blessed me with all of my necessities. Without fail, God is always faithful: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33.
The fulfillment of God’s promises always requires active participation or action from us before He does his part. Human Effort is taking the giant leap of faith amid adversity. Human effort is total obedience along with patiently waiting for His answer regardless of our circumstances. Matthew 6:33 admonishes us to seek God and to live holy and acceptable. God’s Divine Intervention provides everything (not table scraps) that God determines is necessary to sustain our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
On this first day of 2021, acknowledge your losses, but reflect on your leftovers. God’s grace and mercies have left us with the ability to start over and recover from all adversities, including tragic events. In Psalm 147:3, King David says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” I love the Contemporary English Version of this verse, “He renews our hopes and heals our bodies. Psalm 147:3”
Remember, in this new year; we are promising to faithfully trust in God for all things. If we do our part, then God, who can never fail, will fulfill His promises.
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19 NLT
How do we bridge the gap or fill in the emptiness from our losses? We put forth the effort to develop a spirit of gratitude. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT.
Reflect on your leftovers and pray a prayer of gratitude by thanking God for all that you still have. Taking the baby step of thanking God every day will propel your faith and trust into a growth spurt. Your outlook will begin to change. When we continually praise God with a spirit of thankfulness, we receive the gifts of peace, joy, and happiness. The Apostle Paul tells us how he maintained his gratitude: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 NLT
In 2021, decide to live with a spirit of gratitude and to enjoy all of your leftovers. God is great, and God is good! Amen.
God, we want to say thank you for your grace and mercy of our leftovers. Only you could have brought us through the adversities of 2020, and we promise not to look back except to thank you for our provisions. Thank you for continually loving and taking care of us. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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