December is past. The year 2019 is history. The New Year is a story to be written with challenges to face. Reflecting upon what happened just in the month of December, I loved our Christmas worship with gifted musicians blessing us with beautiful music. Combining our choir with the larger choir of Tabernacle Baptist Church gave us a night of celebration of Jesus birth that we could not have accomplished alone. Our worship attendance was enhanced by guests who came and by friends and relatives of church members. Our offerings were good and the financial status of our church was made stronger by our members giving sacrificially to multiple causes and by the generosity of friends who are not members of CVBC but who have a love and interest in our ministry. God has indeed blessed us.
If you follow the devotional writings of Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest” translated “My best for His Glory, he makes reference in the January 2, writing to Abraham being called of God where scripture says, “He went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)
Not many people would admit to “going out not knowing where they are going.” Yet in reality that is exactly what the New Year requires of us. We are entering an unchartered course and we have no idea what we will face. We are literally on a journey not knowing where we are going in 2020.
The mystery of what lies ahead should be enough to convince us that if we don’t know what we face, we had better put our total trust in God who does know. Complete surrender to God is the only sure way to face an uncertain future. As Chambers says, “Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to ‘go out’ in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus.”
The Apostle Paul said, “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day(2 Timothy 1:12). May we put our total confidence and faith in God so that we face the future without worry or fear.
In His Love,