As wonderful as it is to see all the Christmas decorations go up, it’s equally wonderful to put them all away and get the house back in some semblance of order. As we were storing boxes of decorations back in the attic during one of the recent rainy days, I happened to notice a section of wet wood. The water is likely coming in along an area that may require some roof repair work. Needless to say this didn’t bring immediate joy to my heart! I don’t think there’s any rotten wood yet but had I not gone up there when I did and not seen the problem until next year, it could / would have been a much more serious situation. So although my immediate reaction was disgust, it soon changed to thanksgiving!
As we begin this new year of 2019 let’s take the time to explore those parts of our hearts and lives that don’t typically get much exposure. Ask the Lord to graciously press into those secret, hidden places and allow us to see any problem, sin, iniquity, idolatry, pride, etc. that needs to be addressed before it’s allowed to deteriorate into something even worse than it is. Let’s make sure we’re making use of the ordinary means by which this grace of God is given - worship, reading/study of God’s Word, sacraments, prayer, fellowship. The immediate emotion to having our sin exposed is horror … but our ultimate response will be one of thanksgiving. May 2019 be a year of repentance and faith!
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! - Psalm 139:23-24