THEME: GOD GO BEFORE US
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
-God goes before us to assure us of His enduring presence. We find Moses encouraging Joshua in the presence of all the people, on the strength of the promise of God in Deuteronomy 1:38 and Numbers 27:18. Jacob also encountered God and His presence at Peniel, where he said “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Genesis 32:30). This was a time when Jacob on his way to meet Esau was anxious, dreadful and thinking that Esau was going to kill him as he had vowed in Genesis 27:41. Jacob had cheated Esau out of receiving his father’s blessing and took his birth right. Now, over two decades had passed, but Jacob was still fearful when he heard that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men (Genesis 32:6). Jacob started sending gifts on ahead of him to meet Esau first in hope of winning over his heart. The Lord went ahead of him and he obtained favor and grace before his brother Esau. May the Lord go ahead of you in this entire year to grant you favor and grace before God and men.
We give thanks to You Lord for enabling us to see this new year filled with Your grace and favor. Thank You for Your blessings upon our lives. We give thanks to You Lord, with all our heart and tell of all Your wonderful deeds. You are the Rock of our salvation, we exult You Lord and praise You Jehovah. You are our great God and worthy is Your name. You are our loving Father and the great King above all gods. We exult You and worship You Lord. We pray that You may go ahead of us this entire year to grant us favor and grace before You Lord and men. May You blessings and peace overflow in our hearts, families, society and nation, and make us prosperous in all our ways. All glory, honor and blessings belong to You Lord, now and forevermore. Amen
Further reading: Hebrew 13:5-6
Blessed New Year