Monday, January 9, 2012

Another year is unfolding before us. It offers hope, change, opportunities, challenges, delight, and heartbreak. Prognosticators abound with their foretelling of the future. Whether it be economic, political, climate change or world events, the news is usually negative. Truth is, not one of us can see into the future. However, as believers, we can have an understanding of the times and know what to do.
As believers in Christ, we eagerly anticipate the fullness of His promises despite our circumstances.
When our eyes are opened to the truth of the gospel we, like the Apostle Paul can say, "None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." (Acts 20:24). Uncertain future? Mountains and valleys? The tide of tribulation will indeed ebb and flow. However, we are the Children of God and because we are His children, we can rest assured of His grace for the moment.
How often we read in the Book of Acts the phrase, "then.....(Peter or Paul) filled with the Holy Spirit..." Isn't that what we need...to be filled with the Holy Spirit? That is the reason Paul was unmoved by the uncertain future that awaited him in Jerusalem! The more we are tuned in to God through His Holy Spirit the less we will be tuned in to the trials of this present life. Therefore, we go into this new year seeking those things which are above....(See Col 3:1-3).