I was doing my devotionals today…Oswald Chambers and A New Thing Ministries[ANTM]… and both spoke to me greatly.
Kim Potter from ANTM Devotional noted that 2008 has brought much Growth and Many Blessings to her…well to me as well.
Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest ~ 1939 noted that New Years Eve [then too!] was a time of retrospection…again, for me as well.
Both devotionals speak to a difficult past year, one of growth, loss, success and failure. This is true for all souls on earth, I am sure. We’ve all had an eventful year.
My journey took me to many places, as anyone who reads this particular blog may know.
Chambers quotes Isaiah 52:12 to begin the new year! I find it a good choice…amazing how something written or said in 1911 – 1917 stands firmly true today! Don’t you? That is God’s Word for You…Always in season.
12 For you shall not go out with haste,
Nor go by flight;
For the LORD will go before you,
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
In the translation Chambers used rear guard is referred to as rerewarder meaning:
- Middle English rerewarde, from Anglo-French, from rere, arere behind + warde, gard guard
- 14th century
14 I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.
15 That which is has already been,
And what is to be has already been;
And God requires an account of what is past.
We are to look back at what has past in our lives, take account and receive the lessons that are there. We cannot change what has come to pass, however we can learn and take guidance as to how to proceed in the year ahead.
Security for Tomorrow: ” For the Lord will go before you.”
From the beginning scripture We are to understand that God goes before us. That He looks for anything that is in our path to stop us and clears the way…We must rely on Him to go before us in all things!
Security for Today: ” For you shall not go out in haste”
Again, from the original scripture used here…We must rely on God in our lives and endeavors. We must seek Him in all areas of our lives before moving forward. This must become a lifestyle for each of us, for all believers!
If we seek First the Kingdom, then we give God permission to guide our lives. Permission to go out before us so that we may walk in His will for our lives!
Now the other devotional speaks to a challenging year. Like stated earlier…we’ve all had an eventful year, I am sure.
This devotional sees 2008 as a year of Growth and Blessings. I must agree.
2008 saw me finding saddness and sorrow in [my] Hopeannfaith’s Emotion well… , for the first times in my memory. I lost my grandson and an uncle. I set very stringent boundaries with my family [parents and siblings]. I have worked in conjunction with God and my sponsor to improve my emotional and spiritual life.
As difficult as all of this was, I look back, on this snowy New Year’s Eve, and realize I have grown. I am nolonger an emotional basketcase. Praise God! I am doing better holding back and controlling my rage…God has done this for me.
And Blessings have abound in my life. This year my husband and I have come into unity in regards to our lives and finances. This is a gift from God. This unity is amazing, it makes all areas of our lives and marriage so much more enjoyable and functional to be honest.
I have learned to be thankful and at peace in all things…not an easy task!
I have grown in my understanding of God’s faithfulness to me and my family. In that understanding I know that I know that I can depend on God and His Word for all things and situations. This understanding comes with awesome peace.
The kind of peace that occurs in the midst of a tornado when you know you are in the eye, yet safe from all harm.
A Challenging year was ’08, I will admit. I will give the glory and praise to God that we have come through it unscathed and, infact, quite comfortably.
So I will do my level best to follow the instructions of Isaiah 52:12.
I will allow God to go before me. I will seek only His will for my life. I will not move in haste, friviously causing failure and undue stress in my life.
I encourage all to do the same.
To quote Oswald Chambers devotional entry of December 31, 19??
” Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.”
Happy New Year everyone!
Blessings…See ya in ’09!