Make straight our paths!

Chapter 52

Good Monday Morning to this week 53 of 2020

Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV 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.

It will be hard to grasp this year 2020 in a few words or a short review, I won’t even try, but it does echo in the verse of Proverbs. “lean not on your own understanding”. Often when we thought things were going to change for the good, another shockwave of announcements reached our ears.

It has been very interesting to see how many Bible verses sounded different, reading them was different this year. Actually, I understood some of the writers a lot better. Let’s look at a few verses coming to the end of this year 2020.

Romans 12:1-2, NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We were challenged not to conform to the world, not to all the newest announcements nor to the latest theories of Christian friends sending out their newest conspiracy theories. We were also challenged not to fear, not for ourselves or our loved ones.

Renewal of mind … this was a constant for me. A constant checking, comparing, reading and seeking God and His Truth. In the renewal of mind, there was much new information and many new concepts to handle. Then followed the testing and approving of what I thought what the right way or God’s will for the ministry or my life or the lives of my family.

Isaiah 40:31, ESV but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

This verse a great encouragement to wait, have patience and let my strength and faith be renewed, not to grow weary. Well, yes I did grow weary, very weary as many of you I assume as well. But this year showed even more that when all our common remedies against weakness don’t function we turn back to spiritual applications and draw our strength from there.

Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Oh yes, everything has it’s time. Eternity in the hearts of men, I am sure we’re going to hear amazing stories of personal and individual change that happened 2021. When all the noise of Corona or other important matters were pushed aside, great changes started to happen in so many. I heard of many very good decisions being made, even in some of their darkest moments.

To conclude with Lamentations is very fitting to 2020. The following verse is so raw, so honest and right to the point and so true!

Lamentations 3:22-24, NASB The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies, we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

Yes I will hope in Him!

I wish you a very blessed start into this new and last week of 2020!
Philemon

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