2020 in Hindsight
Adapted from a Devotional by Andrew Wommack
They say, “Hindsight is always 20/20,” meaning we can always see clearly the things that are in the past.
I don’t think there’s anyone anywhere who will not be glad to say goodbye to this year and all of its problems.
We can all look forward to 2021 with joy, especially as believers.
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” —Luke 1:46-47
Here, Mary makes a very clear distinction between her soul magnifying the Lord and her spirit rejoicing.
Our soul is the part of us that is considered to be our personality. It is our intellect, our emotions and our will.
Our spirits are what gets totally changed at salvation and are always operating in 'love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance' (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:22-23). That's true whether our souls (our feelings and emotions) 'feel' it or not.
Many believers wait until their emotions feel like praising the Lord before they enter into worship. They think it's hypocritical to act like they are rejoicing in the Lord if they don't 'feel' it.
But our spirits are always rejoicing in the Lord. It's actually hypocritical to go by our feelings and not magnify the Lord with our souls when our born-again spirits are already rejoicing.
Our born-again spirits are always in tune with the Lord and walking in the joy of the Lord. Our flesh is often dominated by what it sees and feels.
Sometimes it doesn't feel like praising the Lord, but the choice rests with our souls. If we choose to praise the Lord, our emotions will follow.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days….”
The decision is ours.
Today and every day in the coming year and beyond, let’s choose life and walk in the joy of the Lord.
Happy New Year!