Thursday, January 1, 2015

God Goes Before Us - January 1, 2015



Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (New King James Version)

During the third week in December, my family and I took a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, to enjoy the scenery, and to get ourselves ready for Christmas by spending a little time in the snow. I was able to talk everyone to making it a road trip, and although it was a long drive from Dallas/Fort Worth to Breckenridge, the drive was well worth it.

When you are driving the back roads and highways, away from the Interstate, you get the opportunity to see the majestic views and are humbled by the beauty of God's handiwork. Any trip like that takes a little guidance to give you the routes that you must take to reach your final destination. Not all of the roads are easy, and some of the mountain roads can get steep and scary, but as long as you have a little help, you at least know that you will find your destination.

In the biblical book of Deuteronomy, we read about Moses and the people of Israel. After forty years of wandering in the desert in search of the land that God had promised to give them, they had finally come to the hills above the Jordan valley; the gateway to the Promised Land. Although the people were looking onto their new future homeland, it was the end of the journey for Moses. The verses above tell us about the word that God had given Moses to pass on to his appointed successor Joshua, who would be the one to lead the people into the land.

Today we embark on the New Year, 2015. As we enter into this new year, it is important that we approach it well equipped to face whatever comes our way. What lies ahead will bring good times and bad, joy and sadness, ease and struggle. Our future is never certain, but we can be sure that as long as we have God as our guide, we can confidently make it to the end. In these early hours and days of 2015, we need to be sure that we seek His will for our lives; for what He would have us do and accomplish, for His  kingdom and His glory. We may think that as long as we set goals and plans, we will have a successful year, but all of our planning will be left to chance, unless we make it our first priority to seek Him. He goes before us into 2015, and He promises to never leave or forsake us along the way.

Photo by Anna Zoromski, Weaver Multimedia Group

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