Jeremiah 51:10 “The Lord has vindicated us;
come, let us tell in Zion
what the Lord our God has done.”
It is always a good idea to talk about what God has done. It doesn’t have to be something as dramatic as the destruction of Babylon, as here, but even small things are worth talking about. There are several reasons for that. The first is, very simply, we forget. We take things for granted, or we quite literally forget. One thing I think may well be a feature of heaven is being able to look back over our life and see all the countless times God has protected and blessed us. Sometimes we don’t have any idea at the time that, say, God prevented a horrendous traffic accident the devil wanted to use to destroy us. Small blessings might be recognized in the moment, but quickly be forgotten. Talking about them helps cement them in our memory, our awareness, and it is a psychological truism that a grateful person is a happy person. Another big reason to talk about what God does for us is that we are tempted to take credit for things, when virtually everything is a product of God’s grace. We are accountable for the gifts God has placed in us, so when we accomplish things by using those gifts, we need to give Him the credit. Our faithfulness and diligence are generally required, but the gift and the opportunity to use it are from God. The third big reason to talk about what God has done is to generate faith in our hearers. They may not know that God does stuff like that, that He cares about us individually to the point of acting on our behalf. And the interesting thing is, talking about it strengthens our faith as well. The more we talk about what God has done, the more assurance we will have that He can and will do stuff like that again. Going back to the “psychological truism” I mentioned, gratitude is an essential component of happiness and joy, so the more we remind ourselves of how good God has been to us, the happier we will be!
I have fallen into each of the traps I’ve just mentioned, and have lost blessings because of it. I too have failed to recognize things God has done on my behalf, and I have taken for granted or simply forgotten far too many of the things I have recognized. I have tried to take credit for things God has done through me, and that has been a BIG blunder. However, over the years God has shaped me to be more and more aware of His grace, and as a result my gratitude level, and thus my happiness, have gone up accordingly. It is very easy to focus on negatives! I’ve got to consciously avoid that, talking about God’s goodness in its various forms and pointing others to Him as the source of every good and perfect gift. (James 1:17)
Father, thank You again for Your overwhelming grace toward me. Yesterday was rough in some ways, but You got us through it. The world is a mess, but You’re going to get us through it all. Help me recognize, and make full use of, the opportunities You give me to talk about You and Your goodness, so that as many as possible may be led to repentance and faith, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!