Happy New Year!

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is God steering you through the storms of life toward home, toward a safe haven? Does He take care to order all the events of your life to speed you on your way there? Is this what is called providence–God’s overruling hand at work, everywhere?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Resolution. Being resolved to do something despite any odds is truly admirable in any man. I guess another word for that would be steadfastness. It's an old term we don't use much any more. I ran across it the other day however as I was read- ing an account of the Civil War battle of Spottsylvania in 1863. General Ulysses Grant was facing a determined foe, Robert E. Lee and he knew that Lee wouldn't retreat. In Grant's dispatch to President Lincoln, responding to the President's question as to whether or not Grant would hold, he wrote: "I am steadfast. I purpose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." He did and it did take all summer. The interesting thing about the battle is that there were a num- ber of times that it seemed Grant would lose. These were times that winning seemed unrealistic. But Grant had the total picture in mind, not just the battle of the day. In the end, the battle was won despite the moments when it seemed lost. Doubtless there were times when his soldiers were convinced of defeat. They just didn't see the whole picture.

When God steps into the battles that are sometimes raging in our lives, He often does so when all does seem lost. But, it's exactly at these times when His steadfastness, his unwillingness to retreat, guarantees the victory.

Here's a thought from Corrie Ten Boom: "Often I have heard people say, 'How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!' Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. 'No, Corrie,' said Betsie, 'He has not forgotten us. Remeber His Word: "'For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.'" Corrie concludes, 'There is an ocean of God's love available--there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love--whatever the circumstances.'" (Corrie Ten Boom)

The hand of God is at the helm. He’s steering us through the storms of life toward home, toward a safe haven. And He takes care to order all the events of our lives to speed us on our way there. This is what we call providence– God’s over- ruling hand at work, everywhere. Either all things work together for our good, or nothing makes sense. So that kind of belief calls for steadfastness. You and I need to fight out life's battles even if it takes an entire lifetime, because there is no middle ground. We, like Grant, intend to hold on. Only victory will be sufficient for the day.

We pray. Lord, I pray never to be too proud to feel that I am closer to You than any other. Help me understand that You look truly at my heart. You know exactly what I am thinking and doing and I will be judged accordingly in measure of my faith. Help me to always remember that You are closer to those who need You more than the ones who are proud and conceited of Your inheritance. In this New Year, may all we do bring You Great Glory. As we decrease in fame and vain glory, may You increase in all Praise and Honor and Glory. For Jesus sake! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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