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A New Year of Spiritual Journey

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We are given 52 weeks in a year and now we have 51 left to go. How has it been for us thus far into 2019? It is good and appropriate that we begin the year with God, and press on with Him.

The Book of Proverbs has some wise words for us on our spiritual journey into this year.

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (Pro 3:1-4).

The New Year brings with it various challenges, excitements and mundaneness. Yet through it all, we are exhorted to remember the law of the Lord and to do His commandments.Solomon urges us to keep the word of God close to our hearts, like engravings that cannot be erased.

“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee.” Mercy can be understood in its widest sense: the mercy and kindness of God toward us and the mercy and kindness of man toward one another.

We need the mercy of God every moment of our lives. If it wasn’t for the mercy of God so generously poured out on Calvary, the word ‘hope’ would cease to have any meaning for us.

Everything is built upon the atonement of Christ on the cross: our peace with God, our relationship with Him, our hope of eternal salvation and our destiny of heaven. Well may we cry out with Paul in adoration unto God:

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” (Rom 11:33)!

The word of God is not only for intellectual stimulation. They encourage us; even provoke us, unto good works. True faith is active, never passive. We may recall the words of James on this score:

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (Jas 1:22).

As we have obtained mercy from God, we ought also to be merciful unto others. The Lord says, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Mat 5:7). If we withhold mercy, how can we reasonably expect God to be merciful toward us?

These are wise words indeed to anchor our souls that we may not be “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph 4:14).

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Pro 3:5-8).

Trust is at once both an easy and difficult thing to do. Whenever we trust a person, there might be at the back of our minds the lurking thought that he/she might let us down.

Trust is a commitment. It is not offered lightly; it is earned by being trustworthy. Our Lord wants us to trust Him wholeheartedly. He is most definitely worthy of trust. In fact, He is the only one worthy of complete trust.

Unlike our fellow man, the Lord is infallible. He is morally perfect; He cannot do anything against His own holy nature (cf. Titus 1:2). He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Mat 5:45).

Our God richly provides us with everything to enjoy (1Ti 6:17). Above all that, He exhibits His forbearance by sending His only begotten Son as a propitiation for our sins by His blood.

“It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom 3:26).

Everything that God has done and does tell us of His trustworthiness and faithfulness. Friends and loved ones may let us down in spite of best intentions. We fail those whom we love because we are fallible creatures. But not God; He cannot fail.

Man has turned his back on God and has been leaning upon his own understanding since the Garden of Eden. Where has that led us? Nothing butmore pain and misery.

The history of mankind is a testimony of man’s futile attempt to be his own little god. It is the story of creatures created in the image of God, creatures meant for so much more but settled for so much less.

Our Lord calls us to rest our full confidence in Him. Trust Him, live the way He has designed for us to live. Put Him in the preeminent place, reverence Him, have nothing to do with evil. The test of our trust is in braving the storms of life with our eyes fixed upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2).

May the Lord watch over us and bless us in the New Year as we press on with Himfor the joy that is set before us.

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