Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 28th

 

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It’s Just Another New Year. While listening to the radio I heard Barry Manilow sing a song I had not heard before. It was “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve.” Immediately my spirit questioned that statement. You see, in just a few days it will be New Year’s Day. Perhaps there are many people who look at each year as “just another year.” Not me.

It is good to look back at the previous year to see the many experiences, good and bad, we have faced. We must believe they are stepping stones in our lives that help us grow. Certainly, it is important for us to learn from our past and to incorporate the wisdom we have obtained to help us in the future. No matter the situation, the Lord is with us. He will lead and guide us as we seek Him. Isaiah 59:11 teaches us “We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.”

Now as we look into the New Year we can look with fresh eyes filled with faith, trust, and hope. Psalm 39:7 states “And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.” Also the Word says in Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in thy trust, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”

Barry Manilow may feel that New Year is just another day or each New Year is the same as the previous one, but our thoughts should be of expectation for what the Lord has for us. Whether it is a need for a better job, increase in finances, healing in our bodies, salvation of loved ones, a new home or car, or whatever your need may be.

Like myself, maybe you have cried out the Lord for help and then heard His words “Who have you blessed lately?” This is a clear message for me to give to others even with my lack so I too could be blessed. It’s a kingdom principle to give and it will be given to you. Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Our lives will be full of blessings in the New Year as we trust God, share His love with those around us, and walk into each new day with great confidence of God’s faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (M Noebel)

 

 

 

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