Pondering the past year and considering the next one is like standing beside and viewing a river in front of us. As we look up the river to our left and view what has happened in the past we can see “thus far hath the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7;12). As we turn our gaze to the right and look down the river into the future, most Christians can, to one degree or another, muster enough faith and trust to believe that He will help us in the future. But for some reason when we look straight ahead at the river just in front of us, representing the here and now, things are not so clear. There seems to be a clump of trees obscuring our view of the river and the rumbling of the river over the rocks causes anxiety and stress. It is as if all our faith and trust in Him has vanished and we wonder why the Lord has abandoned us. It is not unusual, however, for David said in the 22 nd. Psalm “My god, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, prophesying the words of Christ on the cross.

That all having been said, we live in the ‘now’ and although we are human and as such limited in our spiritual scope and vision, we can by seeking to commune with our Lord on a daily basis minimize that stress and worry. We can come boldly before the throne and receive answers to life’s questions. The Lord said in Psalms 32;8 that “I will guide thee with mine eye”. That means NOW if we have cultivated that relationship to the point that we hear His small voice in spite of the noise of the world around us. This, then, is the secret to seeing the purpose of the things that are happening today, the river in front of us. May we purpose to spend more time with the Lord, in His Word, to that end!

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet,
A light to my path alway;
To guide and to save me from sin,
And show me the heav’nly way.

For ever O Lord, is Thy Word
Established and fixed on high;
Thy faithfulness unto all men
Abideth forever nigh….(Thy Word have I Hid in My Heart)