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Peace for the New Year

Anchor Devotional - 01.01.20


“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

Psalm 77:11-12

Following Ezra’s reading from The Book of the Law, the Levites led Israel in an act of praise and remembrance honoring the Lord’s might and faithfulness over the years. It was a looking-back time.

I spend a portion of New Year’s Day looking back at the calendar from the previous year. I am reminded of joyful days noting birthdays of loved ones, music and sports events of our children and grandchildren, and gatherings of family and friends. I also see dates of past doctor appointments that indicate health battles, meetings which had disappointing outcomes, and funeral dates marking the departure of those we’ll no longer be able to enjoy this side of heaven.

I am reminded of my blessings and God’s faithfulness in days gone by. Might this be a time that you also remember the Lord’s provisions of the past so you are prompted to place your trust in Him for the year ahead? Trust Jesus for deeper faith in a good and broad plan we cannot fully see. His plan for the days and months of 2020 is in motion and rightly rendered.

Scripture Focus

Nehemiah 9:5-15

Insight

“Look back and you will see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your Traveling Companion.” (Author Unknown)

Read the Bible

  • Genesis 1-2
  • Psalm 1
  • Matthew 1-2