Listen to this devotional:
After Christmas, there is always that in-between time when we all reflect about what's happened throughout the year, and then anxiously anticipate what lies ahead of us. We may get nostalgic or melancholy, depending upon what has occurred throughout the last twelve months; we may also be fearful and uncertain about the new year.
Throughout this limbo of a time, I like to look at different Bible verses to see if I can come up with a motto for myself and the church that I serve. I was taught this by a ministerial friend in Scotland, who served his parish faithfully and pastorally. At the beginning of each year, he found a special verse and encouraged his congregation to embrace and apply it throughout the new year.
This morning, I came across a verse that might fit the bill, although I have not settled on it. Because I love the psalms, I tend to choose motto verses from the plethora of God's promises that are contained in that precious part of the Bible. This verse is all about reassurance, which, during these uncertain times, we all need to read, hear, and experience:
Psalm 91:14 – "Because He loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name." (NIV)
I like the fact that the verse begins with God's love, then continues with deliverance and protection, and ultimately ends with an acknowledgement of faith. It contains all of the elements that I personally have experienced from God over the many years that I have been a Christian.
I do not know what 2011 will bring, but I believe that God's promises will accompany me, no matter what happens, where I go, or what I do. I guess that's what faith really is — relying upon God throughout each present day and knowing that He holds the future in His hands. May each one reading this also experience the same.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank You for loving us, and for delivering us from all sorts of problems or troubles. We claim Your promises because we know that Your word is forever true. Lead us and carry us throughout the coming year, to the glory and honour of Christ's everlasting name. Amen.