Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Land We Are To Possess

Deu 11:11  But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

Deu 11:12  A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

Today we stand at the threshold of the unknown.

Before us lies a new year, and we are going forward to take possession of it.

Who knows what we will find? What new experiences or changes will come our way? What new needs will arise?

In spite of the uncertainty before us, we have a cheerful and comforting message from our heavenly Father:

The Lord your God cares for [it]; the eyes of the Lord are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.

The Lord is to be our Source of supply. In Him are springs, fountains, and streams that will never be cut off or run dry.

To those who are anxious comes the gracious promise of our heavenly Father: 

If He is the Source of our mercies, mercy will never fail us. 

No heat or drought can dry the “river whose streams make glad the city of God."

Psa 46:4  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

Yet the land we are to possess is a land of valleys and hills. It is not all flat or downhill.

If life were always smooth and level, the boring sameness would weigh us down.

We need the valleys and the hills.

The hills collect the rain for hundreds of fruitful valleys. And so it is with us!

It is the difficulty encountered on the hills that drives us to the throne of grace and brings the showers
of blessing.

Yes, it is the hills, the cold and seemingly barren hills of life that we question and complain about, that bring down the showers.

How many people have perished in the wilderness valley, buried under its golden sand, who would have thrived in the hills?

And how many would have been killed by the cold, destroyed or swept desolate of their fruitfulness by the wind, if not for the hills-stern, hard, rugged, and so steep to climb?

God’s hills are a gracious protection for His people against their foes!

We cannot see what loss, sorrow, and trials are accomplishing.

We need only to trust.

The Father comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today.

It will be a good and blessed New Year!

He leads us on by paths we did not know;

Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow, Though oft we faint and falter on the way,

Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day; Yet when the clouds are gone, We know He leads us on.

He leads us on through all the unquiet years; Past all our dreamland hopes, and doubts and fears, 

He guides our steps, through all the tangled maze Of losses, sorrows, and o’er clouded days; We know His will is done;

And still He leads us on.

~Nicholaus Ludwig Zinzendorf~

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