At one time in Israel’s history, when they faced the Philistines, Samuel and Israel fasted, prayed, repented, and offered a sacrifice. God answered their plea by confusing and defeating the enemy that pursued them. To commemorate the fact that Israel was victorious and recovered all the territory the enemy had taken, Samuel set up a stone as a marker of remembrance.
When he did this, he exclaimed, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” (1 Samuel 7:12 NLT) Samuel, whose name meant heard of God, knew the Lord would hear them and be on their side in the future.
The Lord’s hand remained against the Philistines and the enemy never came back into the territory of Israel. Peace reigned throughout the land all the days of Samuel.
Did the enemy pursue you this past year? Did you experience the Lord’s presence in your circumstances? Did He provide for you, even if in quantities less than desired? Did He bring you victories in certain areas of your life?
The light of His presence and guidance will beam across the New Year, illuminating the passage into the land of the unknown. His path will take us through each dry wilderness circumstance to streams of fresh, flowing water.
*Will I resolve to serve God greater than the year that has faded?
May His servants Goodness and Mercy pursue you throughout the days to come.
Have a very blessed New Year!