Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing
steadfastly in prayer. Romans 12:12
At the beginning of 1874, British writer Frances Havergal sent her friends a card with the words of her newest hymn: “Another year is dawning, dear Father let it be / in working or in waiting, another year with Thee.” As it turned out, Frances herself needed that prayer, because a few days later she faced disappointment. Hoping to be launched as an author in America, news came that her publisher had gone bankrupt. Frances prayed, turned the news over to the Lord and rejoiced anyway.
I love that! She rejoiced anyway. I was reminded recently just how easy it can be to praise and worship when circumstances are good. When we are in good health, the bills are paid, the kids have good jobs or doing well in school – we are on our mountaintops and shouting the goodness of God. But when disappointment comes, we often look for the panic button. Did I mention in the above testimony that before she rejoiced, Frances prayed and turned the situation over to the Lord?
Here we are, well into the second month of the new year. Today is a great day to begin to live out your January ‘yes’. This is anything you “resolved” to do for God in 2020. It’s not too late! NewVision Family, if we resolve to do anything this month, let’s commit to spending quality time in prayer and soaking in the Lord’s presence each day in February. Let’s keep prayer lists and praise reports and let’s rejoice in the Truth of Jesus. Let’s take our blessings to the Lord in Thanksgiving and our burdens to Him in petition and let’s rejoice anyway! It can be tempting to speculate, to try to take charge or to try to fix things, but we can rejoice and trust God for what lies ahead because HE is the One in charge. Be encouraged today that God goes before you and follows close behind. He loves you so much!
The prophet Jeremiah assures us that God reveals exactly what we need to know in Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Father, help us today to rejoice in our Hope which is You, to be patient in tribulation, to be steadfast in prayer and to live out our “YES”. In Jesus’ name Amen!