2017 has passed and 2018 lies open before us. I wonder how that makes you feel? Are you excited about what awaits, or anxious about what is ahead? Or perhaps a bit of both? The New Year is a good time to pause and look back over the last year and perhaps to ask the question, what were we anxious about last year and did God get us through? If you’re anything like me, you’ll find all sorts of things to worry about. I have a wall planner for the year, and as I look ahead to all that is coming up I often think, how will I get through it all. That’s when I need to pause and look back at all that God has helped me through and take confidence that He will continue to help. There is a very helpful Bible verse to remember at this time 1 Samuel 7:12 “Till now the Lord has helped us.” As Samuel remembered God’s past deliverances it gave him confidence of the Lord’s continued help for the future. As you look back over 2017, can you think of all those things you were worried about, can you give thanks for how God helped you through? I hope that give you confidence for the year ahead.
But, perhaps you can’t remember, or there have been times when God has seemed distant, here’s one thing you can take confidence in “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
Here’s a couple of things I’m grateful to God for that started in 2017, our new “In Touch” group, a new “book of the bi-month” initiative, a new summer camp “InTents”, a children’s holiday club and 5 aside football on a Thursday night. Some of us have also benefited from the 5 days a week Bible Reading Plan which takes you through the Bible in one year by breaking it down into daily readings and gives you 2 days “grace” each week, for the days when we slip behind! Why not try it for 2018? You can find it here: https://www.drungchurches.com/bible-reading-helps/ or ask Nick for a copy.