Searching in 2017

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalms 139:23-24

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over! For some of you, this year was filled with many hardships. Perhaps you lost a loved one, lost a job, or maybe a relationship ended in your life. For others, the year was full of exciting changes. Maybe you started college, started a new job, or made a new best friend. No matter what kind of year 2017 has been, the end of December is a great time to reflect back on the year.

In what ways did you see spiritual growth this year? Did you see any spiritual growth? In what ways did God’s grace show up in your life in a special way? What are some big principles or truths God has taught you this year? How has your commitment to Jesus and the Bible been strengthened this year? What were some of your biggest spiritual struggles? 

As this year comes to a close, I want to invite you to pray Psalms 139:23-24. As you reflect on 2017, ask for God to search your heart. God sees areas of our heart we overlook or ignore. Ask God to reveal the deep dark areas of your heart. Is there a sin that needs to be confessed? Is there a habit in your life that does not honor Jesus? Is there a part of your heart you have withheld from God?

God wants to grow you, speak to you, bless you, and continue to shape your life. As you spend time with friends and family in the coming days, be sure to spend time with Jesus. I invite you to pray the psalmist’s prayer and follow God wherever He leads.