Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Strength of God

 14But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
 15My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
 16I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. 

Strength of God

What an amazing Bible passage for the new year; this would be a great motto for 2012:
I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. . . I will go in the strength of the Lord God.
In my daily Bible reading I am going through the NKJV Chronological Study Bible. Currently I am in the book of Lamentations, and am reading of the Jewish remnant who survived the overthrow of Jerusalem and were not carried away to Babylon. One would think, after all they had been through, that they would not hesitate to obey the voice of the Lord.

Repeatedly, Jeremiah prophesied to the people that Jerusalem would be overthrown by the Chaldean forces from Babylon, yet the people chose to believe the false prophets who said God would save Jerusalem from the hands of the Babylonians. Now, after all Jeremiah's prophesies have come to pass, exactly as he said they would, the refugees are left with a choice. Do they stay in their land, or do they escape to Egypt?

Jeremiah sought God's answer to their dilemma. God answered by saying that if they stayed in their own land, they would be safe, but if they escaped to Egypt, they would die. That should have been an easy decision, right? However, they again chose to ignore God's advice and fled to Egypt where everything that Jeremiah prophesied came to pass, again, exactly as God said it would.
We read these passages and shake our heads at their foolishness, however we need only to look at our own lives and see our own foolishness before the Lord. How obedient are we to the Lord God? His Word is plainly written, and yet we are so influenced by the world in which we live, that often we find our Christian lives compromised, and our trust in the things around us overshadowing our trust in God.

As we face the new year, what will we do? Will we go forth in the strength of God, or will we trust our own devices? Even more subtly, we should ask, can we trust in having the strength, in and of ourselves, to make the right choice? As we again read through Psalm 71, verses 14 - 16, let us fall on our knees before the Lord and pray that He will grant to us the strength of God to know and do the right thing. Left to ourselves, we will always choose sin, but in the strength of God we can live for Him.

May God bless you and keep you faithful to Him in this new year,


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