A New Year’s Prayer

Prior to crossing the Jordan River, the officers of the Israelite camp instructed the people to keep their distance from the ark of the covenant:

…that you may know the way by which you must go,
for you have not passed this way before.
~ Joshua 3:4 ~ 

The new year always brings reflections about the things that have passed and are to come. Uncharted waters bring fears, but that is not where our eyes are to focus, our eyes are to focus on God.

God is with us. That is the promise of Christmas and the truth of Easter. Knowing that God is with us should enable us to look at the new year without fearing what is to come. He has given us a promise in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Our experiences with Him have proven His faithfulness and trustworthiness. He is on the throne of our lives; He has and will see us through everything that comes our way.

God tells us in Romans 8:28 and 2 Timothy 1:9 that He has called us for a purpose. In addition, Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” How can we fear knowing the truth of how much He loves us and cares for us? Yet, somehow the circumstances in our lives bring fear and distress. But the antidote is found in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

There is it is. We are to “Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4).

Psalm 32:8 states, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Personally, this verse has much meaning and wisdom, for it helps me to accept what He brings into my life, with thankfulness, because He is with me and has a purpose in mind, which is for my good.

I do not have to understand why He allows something to come into my life, I just need to follow His instructions in Philippians 4:7-8, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We have days and nights before us that will bring joy and sorrow, encouragement and discouragement, but at the forefront of all of them will be Him. How we approach the trials that are before us will determine their outcome. Keith and Kristyn Getty wrote a song called, “When Trials Come.” It is based on Psalm 183:8,

The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Thank You, Father, for this new year and all the things that You will bring to us; we ask You to bless it. Be glorified in our lives as we surrender to You; in Jesus’ name, amen.

And let the peace of God rule in our hearts,
to which also we were called in one body; and be thankful.”
~ Colossians 3:15 ~

 

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