The Year Before Our Eyes by J.C. Philpot

“As your days—so shall your strength be.”
    Deuteronomy 33:25

The year before our eyes may hold in its bosom,
events which may deeply concern and affect us.
We do not know what is to come. What personal
trials, what family trials, what providential trials
may await us—we do not know. Every year hitherto
has brought its trials in its train; and how can we
expect the coming year to be exempt?

Sickness may attack our bodies,
death enter our families,
difficulties beset our circumstances,
trials and temptations exercise our minds,
snares entangle our feet, and
many dark and gloomy clouds, make our path
one of heaviness and sorrow.

If, indeed, we are His, whatever our trials
may be—His grace will be sufficient for us.

He who has delivered—can and will deliver.

And He who has brought us thus far on the road,
who has so borne with our crooked manners in the
wilderness and never yet forsaken us—though we
have so often forsaken Him—will still lead us along;
will still guide and guard us, and be our God, our
Father and our Friend—not only to the end of the
next year, if spared to see it, but the end of our life.

Blessed with His presence—we need fear no evil;
favored with His smile—we need dread no foe;
upheld by His power—we need shrink from no trial;
strengthened by His grace—we need panic at no
suffering.

Knowing what we are and have been when left to
ourselves—the slips that we have made, the snares
that we have been entangled in, the shame and sorrow
that we have procured to ourselves—well may we dread
to go forth in the coming year alone. Well may we say,
“If Your Presence does not go with us—do not send us
up from here!” Exodus 33:15

 Happy New Years all!!

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6 Responses to “The Year Before Our Eyes by J.C. Philpot”
  1. parchedsoul says:

    “If, indeed, we are His, whatever our trials
    may be—His grace will be sufficient for us.”
    Amen!

    I’m grateful and indebted to the Lord for not leaving me to myself.
    THANK YOU CHRIST JESUS!

  2. Mark Pierson says:

    Continue to be a blessing in the new year, Sam.

  3. Gordan says:

    Yeah, all that stuff is good…or, you could
    do what I did. Simultaneous seed-faith gifts
    to Copeland, Hagin, Hinn, Duplantis, and Dollar!

    If THAT doesn’t ensure a flawless year of
    comfort and riches, I don’t know what will!!

  4. parchedsoul says:

    Amen Parched…what a great God we serve indeed!

    Mark…thanks brother, and may the Lord continue to bless you in the new year…

    Gordon,

    [[sighs]]

    I didn’t want to have to do this but…I think I’m going to have to call a Reformed Mafia emergency summit…we need to talk…

  5. Scribe says:

    Sorry for the confusion guys…logged in as my wife…yikes, talk about an identity crisis.

  6. Jazzy Cat says:

    Sam,
    Good sound words to remember. Spiritual
    security is ours in spite of trouble.

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