“I am holding you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God—and I say to you, don’t be afraid; I am here to help you.”
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
“And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.” Isaiah 30:21
Hello everyone! Happy New Year’s Eve and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you stopped by today and my prayer for you; is that you will find the strength, to take hold of the One, who can safely walk you into another New Year!
You know…for some, another New Year is a time of dread and fear…a time, when they feel as though the excess baggage from the previous year, will now be carried into another new year, while they wonder if life will ever be different…and I’m sure that there are others, who struggle to enter another New Year because the past year was so difficult; that they can’t even begin to imagine a year, where something could actually go right.
One thing I have come to see; is that a New Year can become even better and brighter than the previous year, when we first learn to take hold of the One, who already knows the way and the journey; that we will take, from one day into another. Entering a New Year on our own…without God leading the way, will only cause us to fear the unknown moments ahead, while we attempt to figure out which path will keep us free from the problems that attempt to enter our lives.
With every step we have taken in life, we now face a giant step before us…a step that will lead us into a brand new chapter of our lives. We don’t know what’s ahead…and we don’t know where this new path may lead us; so we begin to fear the unknown moments that lie ahead of us, which makes it that much harder to walk into another New Year.
Today, we must remember that even though we may face new obstacles and uncertain paths before us; God will be there, to hold of our hand and lead us one step further away from these difficult moments. Even though some of the paths may seem darkened by a trial…with God close by, He will become the light of hope that will brighten these dark and dismal paths.
No one can know what’s ahead but God and this is one of the reasons why we need to take hold of God’s hand and let Him lead us into this New Year. Think of it in this way…when a child is young and does not know the way thru life yet; they tend to hold tightly to their father or mother’s hand, while staying very close to their side. In a similar way…what a comfort to know; that at the time, when we just don’t know the way before us; there is a God, who will let us take hold of His hand, while staying very close to His side. In this way, we will always know that we are headed in the direction that He longs for us to walk in.
In Isaiah 41:13…one of our Bible references for the day; we read… “I am holding you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God—and I say to you, don’t be afraid; I am here to help you.” The only way we are going to experience God’s help and guidance…and the only way we are going to be free from dread and fear, as we enter this brand New Year; is to know that God is here for us…to help us and walk us down these unknown and uncertain paths.
The path ahead…into this brand New Year, may seem narrow, with obstacles thrown in our way by Satan; but when we can continue to press on, with our eyes focused on the prize, while letting God be the light that can safely guide us thru the dark and uncertain moments of life; then we will be able to walk into another New Year with great anticipation, as we long to see where God will lead us next, on this journey thru 2018.
Happy New Year everyone!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."