This time last year, we read wise words from the writer of Proverbs.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.’
Not one of us expected or were remotely prepared for what would overtake us within just a few weeks. Our own understanding was shown to be badly wanting, the best advice given to us was to keep your distance, no touching, no hugging, cover your face, which maybe was also a blessing, for it hid the sadness we felt. Access to the very place where we normally found as a source and outlet for our worship, spiritual feeding, encouragement and Christian fellowship, was no longer available.
But we are thankful the preaching and teaching of God’s living Word was not hindered, for through our technology, it penetrated our closed doors and came right into our homes where it encouraged our hearts, fed our souls and lifted our spirits.
We learned again that God is sovereign and the path we were now on did not take him by surprise. We rightly asked the questions about this path and were disappointed by the replies from our own understanding. However our encouragement, stability and assurance came from the very one the Writer instructed us to seek – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart’. Trust, depend upon, have confidence in, ’The Lord who knows your name, who knows your every thought and hears you when you call.’
So, it is with that belief and confidence we move into 2021 with all of its changes, trusting our Heavenly Father that He will go before us, preparing and blessing the paths we will take.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, You are mine says the Lord”
Isaiah 43 v 1