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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Facing 2014

Joshua faced a new chapter in his life.  He would lead the Hebrews into Canaan, a bountiful land, but it was also a land full of fierce, well-armed, intimidating enemies. Having scouted Canaan almost 40 years earlier, Joshua knew his mission was extremely challenging. If his knees shook a little, we can understand. However, God commanded him to “be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:6). 
Easier said than done? Yes, if Joshua had to face the future on his own, his knees would truly shake. But God promised to be with him and make him successful (verses 3-9). With mind and heart focused on the Word of God and the God of the Word, Joshua would be invincible (verses 8, 9).
Like Joshua, we face a new chapter of life. What will 2014 bring us? And what will we bring to 2014? Fear of terrorism, a final paycheck, ill health, economic disaster, or some other calamity may send shockwaves to our knees unless we rely on God and His promises and obey Him daily. Of course, we may not acquire land, wealth, or perfect health, but we will enjoy God’s peace and His approval (see Philippians 4:6, 7 and 2 Timothy 4:7, 8).
We cannot predict what 2014 will bring, but by faith we can say, “Bring it on!”