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December 27 – Plans For The Coming Year

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him.’  And he rose and took the child and His mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called My son.'”  Matthew 2:13-15

Devotional Thought For The Day

After a wonderful celebration of God’s great gift to us of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, a little bit of unwinding is pleasant – though there is not always this opportunity.  In the case of this little family of God, they had to abruptly make preparations for another long journey [the first was from Nazareth to Bethlehem], this one an international excursion to Egypt. It was a “one way” trip, at least as far as they could determine at the time, for they could not have known when the wretched beast King Herod would die and return arrangements made.  None of this caught God by surprise – for it was fulfillment of His Word [indicating to us the purpose of the Old Testament Scriptures, to bear witness to Christ].

As we recover from all of the special ways in which we celebrated Christmas, including taking up our usual work activities, we begin to look forward to the end of the year and the beginning of the New Year.  This is often a time for reflection – on where we’ve come from through the past year, what has been accomplished, what turned out well and what didn’t go well, and also an opportunity to take a look at where we’re at in life, looking at our goals for the New Year, shifting our attention and our efforts if necessary to what we want to accomplish in the next twelve months.  There is a little extra time to do this with a “holiday,” or to at least plan for a time when this can be accomplished early in the year.  It is a great blessing not to have some external force dictating and determining a very narrow set of choices and options – which some may have to endure who are facing illness, injury, aging, or loss of income.  But we remember, that none of this takes God by surprise – and in fulfillment of His Word all things will be working together for the good and blessedness of His dear children.  There will always be good things ahead for God’s dear children of faith!

I won’t be putting a trip to Egypt into my plans for the coming year, or persecution and prosecution from the civil authorities for being part of the body of Christ.  If anything like this comes, it will be a surprise to me, and not planned or desired.  Little planning will be required as to what is most important in life – the kingdom of God and the privileges we have in serving Christ and His people in a variety of ways.  All other plans will be embarked upon with a keen understanding of the reality, that “unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” [Ps. 127:1]  So likewise, our planning will include the prayerful proviso:  “If the Lord wills we will live and do this or that.” [James 4:15] So all of life, including both the planning and the execution of life, the actual living of it, occur in the presence of God, in conjunction with His will, with the assurance of His blessings – both the pleasant things and the unpleasant.  We know His eternal love and blessing provided for us in the first coming of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  It is He Who promises that He is with us always, until He comes again to receive us unto Himself, and into His heavenly kingdom!  [John 14:3] So whatever we plan, and even unplanned things, we are sure that 2013 is going to be a very special and blessed year for us!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, remind us of Your blessed presence, of Your promise that at all times in our lives You are with us working all things together for our great good and blessedness.  Remind us also, in our planning for the future, of our eternal destiny, so that we may have proper scope and perspective.  Give us great joy in Your love for us so that we face the future with great hope and optimism.  Grant success to all of our plans, especially those which will truly be good and beneficial, and most importantly to those that will promote the things of Your kingdom.  Amen.