Weekly Devotionals – 28 December 2020

What are your thoughts as you reflect over this past year? I think it is safe to say that no one could have predicted the events that have transpired throughout 2020. I believe 2021 can be a year of New Beginnings and Unexpected Blessings to those who love the Lord. The question for each of us is whether we can believe for it to happen. Can you believe?
 
1 Corinthians 2:9 states that man, who truly love Him, cannot even imagine the measure of favour to come. Psalm 37 provides a needed framework in helping to place this promise into a proper context. Let’s consider the following five points:
 
1) The enemy works hard against those who seek after the Lord. Do not compare ourselves with others, or be envious of those who thrive in iniquity. They will be cut down and removed. The enemy may seem to have the advantage for a season but in a moment, he is removed by reason of the peace of God (Psalm 37:1-2, 35-37, Romans 16:20).
 
2) Learn to delight in the Lord! This means that we are to seek after his heart, to enquire of the Lord, to know what He desires, and what interests Him. The more we seek after His heart, the more our heart desires become fulfilled. Speak to Him of His love and tender mercies, be thankful for who He is and all He has done (Psalm 37:4).
 
3) Commit and place our trust in the Lord and do good! The Apostle Paul understood this reality as seen in his letter to Timothy. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day (2 Timothy 1:12). God can be trusted to provide each and every one of our needs (Psalm 37:3,5).
 
4) Develop a love and hunger for righteousness. Jesus spoke of those who had a hunger and thirst for righteousness noting that they would be filled and satisfied (Matthew 5:6). The Lord gives the promise of His righteousness shining forth as a light coupled with the reality of True Justice. This is one of the ways that Lighthouse Evangelism can become the light of Christ everywhere (Psalm 37:6).
 
5) There is a rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9). In a world that thrives on constant motion, the Lord speaks of a rest that comes from Him. How is this possible with so much to do and so many challenges before us? Perhaps the Lord has been bringing us to the place where we realise we cannot go on in our own strength. Can we believe for such a Rest? A rest where God moves in such a way that He brings all of His promises to pass. Can we believe for such a rest for 2021 and beyond, for our lives, and for LE (Psalm 37:7)?
 
As we come to the close of this unprecedented year, it is important that we learn to anchor ourselves in what God is speaking. It is easy to become discouraged, distraught, and filled with doubts. Remember, our adversary is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he is effective in creating a convincing narrative that counters what God is looking to do. Let’s make the decision today to take God at His Word – to delight in Him, to trust and commit our ways to Him, to have a love for righteousness, and to rest in His love as He brings it all to pass. This is His Word to us for 2021 and beyond! Can you believe?