The news today is depressing. It seems that there is nothing good or positive being accomplished in our world. Hopelessness would be the way to describe our world, our leaders, and even the church.
But God is still in control. Today’s devotion was written in 1943. To refresh your memories, World War 2 was being contested. The 2 major areas of operation were Europe and Japan. The forces of good were fighting against the forces of evil.
Where was God in all of that? Just where He has always been. Heaven, orchestrating the affairs of mankind.
Men and women were getting saved, serving God, and trusting Him for their futures.
Today is no different. Trust God and allow Him to take care of you!
As we launch out into another year
(Arthur Pink, “New Year’s Comfort” 1943)
“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you! He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid–do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
As we launch out into another year, there is little visible prospect of a smooth and pleasant voyage. To the natural eye, the clouds are dark and fierce storms seem imminent. The very uncertainty of what the morrow may bring forth, fills many with uneasiness and trepidation.
But how different should be the state of God’s children! An all-sufficient Object is presented to the eyes of their faith, from which unbelief derives no comfort. The poor worldling is concerned with what lies before him–but it is the blessed privilege of the believer to be occupied with Who goes before him–the One who is his Captain, his Guide, his Forerunner. “The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you!” What a difference that makes! O that writer and reader may be enabled to lay hold of this grand Truth as we enter another period of time, and keep it steadily in mind throughout the coming days!
“Do not be afraid–for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name–you are Mine!
When you go through deep waters–I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty–you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression–you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!” Isaiah 43:1-3
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This should be an encouragement to each of us. God has not quit on us. He loves us and is constantly taking care of us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001