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For the New Year


“You have never passed this way before” – Joshua 3:4

As we enter this new year of 2004, I’m reminded of several scripture verses given long years ago, but very applicable today.

When Joshua lead the Israelites across the Jordan into the Promised Land, he directed them to follow the Ark of the Covenant, borne by the priests, because “You have never passed this way before”. Joshua 3:4.

In the days ahead, we too, will encounter many new experiences. For some the coming 12 months may be the best we’ve known. For others, they could be marked with sorrow and disappointment. No one knows what lies ahead, simply because “we have not passed this way before”. That fact can strike fear to our hearts, but need not, if we are trusting the Lord for direction in the following days and months.

Think of Moses’ challenge to the Israelites shortly before his death and their entrance into Canaan. With the giants of that land in mind, he encouraged the people, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

When we claim that promise for ourselves, we too, will not be afraid of the future and will face un-traveled pathways with confidence, trusting the Lord in every situation. As we grow older, sometimes the bend in the road looks sharper than it really is.

Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear”. Hebrews 13:5,6. A very comforting truth.

May the coming year be a truly blessed one for you as you experience the comforting presence and guidance of the Lord and His provision for each step of the way.


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