I do not have much of a new year resolution mainly because I know that, in my case, those resolutions don’t goo too far but I started the year with a brand new pair of sneakers.
How graceful upon the mountains
are the feet of those announcing peace,
those bringing good news,
those proclaiming salvation,
those who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’
I do not know what 2018 will bring. Since November 2016 it seems we have been given a reprieve, a moment to gather our thoughts and look forward with hope. Something is happening in the camp of evil — they seem to be destroying their own — after all, that is their way of doing things at least since the days the Assyrian army was destroyed during the siege of Jerusalem. Evil always self-destructs.
That very night the angel of the Lord set out and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; when morning dawned, they were all dead bodies. 2 Kings 18:35
So we are entering the eye of the storm, the deceitful calm. For those who know, this is a time to prepare and get strong because the most destructive part of the hurricane is still ahead. This will be a good year to regroup, check our equipment and get ready for the days ahead. The days of confusion will soon be over for good.
Therefore hear this, you the wounded,
who are drunk, but not with wine:
Thus says your Sovereign, the Lord,
your God who pleads the cause of his people:
See, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering;
from the bowl of my wrath
you shall drink no more.
And I will place it in the hand of your tormentors,
those who have told you,
‘Bow down, that we may walk on you!’
Malachi’s promise …
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
A blessed 2018 to you all.