"But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!"
There are many times in the Bible (mostly in the Old Testament) where the writers list numerous events in their history that God has brought them through. It's important to know (& remember!) our past. And to be able to recognize the role that God has played along the way. Too often we miss that part. We fail to see just how present God is with us. But He is there... even in our most difficult struggles & moments (especially in those!).
The other recurring theme in Scripture when it comes to recounting our past (and God's role in it) is that God desires that we turn to Him & follow his ways. In many of the places where the Bible lists Israel's history, God says something along the lines of, "And still you didn't return to me!?!" God can use ANYTHING that happens in our lives as an opportunity to draw us closer. God wants to lead us in paths of righteousness. God wants to guide & direct us. But too often we don't let him. So we're left, instead, to follow our own devices, ideas & plans. Which, even in the BEST of us, aren't as good as God's plans for us.
So may we turn to God with our whole hearts. May we see the hand of God moving through the events of our lives. May we then listen to the LORD... and follow his counsel... and walk in his ways... sot hat we might experience life in abundance! AMEN!