Most of us we’re praising God with other believers as 2017 quietly transitioned into 2018. If you are reading this post, God has been good to you!
Last year saw a lot of conflict in our world. America in conflict with Russia over interfering in our election, Israel in conflict with its’ neighbors over the designation of Jerusalem as its’ capital, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and her European neighbors in conflict with Turkey’s President Erdogan over their membership in the EU, and North Korea in conflict with almost everybody are just a few of them.
For us here in America we saw many ugly things that have long lay hidden in the hearts of men and women all dragged out into the open, before the eyes of the world. The news headlines of 2017 were full of stories which has their roots in racism, sexism, classism, violence, greed, and inhumanity of all kinds.
Here in the Tabernacle Fellowship Ministries family we’ve experienced the loss of Bishop Jimmie Clark Sr., a founding father of this fellowship and a giant in the faith. We’ve also mourned the loss of the First Lady of the Fellowship – Lady Joann Covington.
It’s easy to be led by our human feelings and be overly anxious about what the future may hold. The good news is the Word of God has something to say to encourage us to move forward into this new year with faith:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” – Philippians 4:6 NASB
“For I am the Lord, I change not” – Malachi 3:6a KJV
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised” – Hebrews 10:35-36 KJV
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised” – Hebrews 10:23 KJV
“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” – Deuteronomy 31:8
We can go confidently into 2018 assured that our unchanging God reigns amidst a changing world. HE is a stable foundation we can build, lean, and rely on. HE is the God who goes before us and the only one who can make all things work out for our ultimate good.