Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Year Of Promise

The old year is passing away. A new one is coming. No doubt as we look ahead we have many thoughts and plans. Whatever the past year held, a new chapter of blank pages lies before us, new, crisp and clean. The tale of our lives continuing for good or evil, blessing or cursing, better or worse co-written by the providence of God and our obedience to Him. Rather sobering to think what power our choices have, isn't? I'd be frightened to death if not for a beautiful word known as promise. Especially the promise of our Father to never leave us nor forsake us.
Maybe you stand at a crossroad this year. Or maybe the last year ended on a cliff hanging and you aren't sure to turn the page or not. Maybe Jesus is calling you to more this year.  Maybe you are just not sure what He wants you to do.Whatever thoughts are swirling through your mind right now, will you resolve to believe His promise whatever happens?
Remember He is the Shepherd Who said, And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21) At every crossroad you meet this year, draw near to the Shepherd and listen for His voice.

For the one who wonders how to change, heed the counsel God freely gives in His word.  
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
(Psalm 73:23-24) 

If the upcoming year is a blur of questioning confusion, stop and wait for Jesus to make the crooked straight before you. 
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16) 
If fear of tomorrow holds you, turn your eyes to the Deliverer and declare, The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:6).

And if the sunshine of God's Spirit has made it plain what you should do, keep your heart teachable before your God. Cry for Him to teach you, not only where to walk but how to walk.

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)
So whatever thoughts are swirling through your mind right now, I pray above all you will trust in the Lord. Obey Him in every decision, in every act, in every plan and trust His promise to direct and guide.

We know not what may lie ahead. But we know the One Who does. If we walk in obedience to Him, each day, each moment will be written in the handwriting of His nail-scarred handed.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
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