Looking forward to the New Year

…from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.’ Hebrews 10:13 NKJV

Yesterday we read the Scripture, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’ (1 Samuel 7:12 NKJV). Today read this Scripture: ‘…from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.’ Note the words ‘thus far’ and ‘from that time till’. The first refers to the past; the second refers to the future. If you’re anxious about the future, recall God’s faithfulness to you during the past. In the fullness of time, you’ll be able to say, ‘Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given…was left unfulfilled; everything He [has] spoken came true’ (Joshua 21:45 NLT). Who but God has a CV and a track record like that?
Looking back, Paul recalled times when there wasn’t enough money in the kitty and he had to go to work as a tentmaker in order to support his ministry. He could remember the whippings, the stonings and the betrayal at the hands of those he trusted. But listen to what he says about it: ‘Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand…’ (Acts 26:22 NKJV). Jeremiah felt the same way: ‘Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness’ (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV).
So trust Him. AB Simpson wrote: ‘It is strange we trust each other, and only doubt our Lord. We take the words of mortals, yet distrust His Word; But, oh, what light and glory, would shine for all our days; if we always would remember, God means just what He says.’

2 Cor 5:11-2, Eph 4:17-32 (New Year’s Day)

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