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Brand New Year – Same Faithful God!

“the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever” (Psalm 117:2)

Like most good things, my annual leave has to come to an end. I “officially” start back in the office (which is across my back garden), tomorrow.

As I sit considering a new year, I find myself reflecting on the number of “firsts” experienced by us as a family over the past few weeks. Even though we have been through many “new things” and experiences over the past years – two new countries, ministry shifts, etc – I only reflect on the past couple of weeks of “firsts”

–          Temperatures of 45 degrees – that was a certain first;

–          Discovering new places: the Yorke Peninsula, Victor Harbour and surrounds;

–          Riding camels for the first time;

–          Liam starting high school next week;

Even though 2013 is well underway, it is still fresh enough to wonder what “new things” it will bring us. New challenges? New victories? New moments of sadness? New moments of joy?

Newness, while it brings levels of anticipation and excitement, can often cause uncertainty and uneasiness.

Well, dear friend, the word of comfort that addresses any concerns or uncertainties about what lies ahead, is the same one that has spoken to every season of worry, anxiety or concern in the past. God Who is immutable/ unchanging – the same yesterday, today and forever –  HE IS FAITHFUL!

We live in a world where things are constantly changing, in some cases for the better; in many cases, for the worst.We cannot always depend on things being the same – and for us who are really creatures of habit – that can be problematic.

In an ever-changing world, where things are here today and gone tomorrow, what can you and I hold onto?

–         Well, the Bible says that “the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever” (Psalm 117:2)

–         The Psalmist sings – “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2).

–         The Bible says He is the same yesterday, today and forever! He never changes!

In other words the same God who was faithful yesterday and every day before that in 2012, is the same God who will remain faithful tomorrow and every day thereafter, in 2013!

 Our God is a faithful God!

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:23)

Whatever “new” or unfamiliar situations you may face in 2013, dear friend, whether good or not-so-good, may you face it with confidence, knowing that our faithful Heavenly Father goes before you.

I leave you with the words of the hymn-writer, Thomas Chisholm:

“Great is Thy faithfulness!”

“Great is Thy  faithfulness!“   

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I  have needed Thy hand hath provided—    

 “Great is Thy  faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

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