Last week Stewart encouraged us to grow as we come into the new year!
This is so important, we must never stop growing in our faith. To stop growing is to be like a stream that is blocked up and stagnates. The apostle Paul speaks of the need to ‘press on’ in the race of life that is set before us (Philippians 3:14).
But life is not a sprint, it is a marathon. We learn a lot and grow along the way.
The journey is of much importance.
Jesus Christ is not a far off God who watches us from a cloud in the sky! He is with us in the midst of the journey, the joy and the sorrow, the every day and the dramatic instances of life. This is the promise given many times in scripture in words like ‘I am with you always’ (Matt 28:20).
Even as believers in a supreme God, we often forget this and think that we are in this life alone.
This not what the bible teaches.
Psalm 139:1-6 says:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
This Sunday gone we celebrated the feast of epiphany in the Christian calendar. We talked about the wisdom of the wise men and the decisions they made to seek Jesus, follow the light and worship Him.
My prayer for us as a church this week is that we would learn from the wisdom of the wise men and be wise. And that we would know that He is with us and will never forsake us.
There will be times when we feel this strongly, and times when we do not.
Nevertheless it is true and we have been given faith to believe, and even the smallest seed of faith is powerful (Matt 17:20).
Start this new year knowing that He is with you and will help you to grow as you trust in Him.