My meditation this morning was Jeremiah 14:22 – O Lord our God . . . we set our hope on You.
We are told in Scripture that the tares are sown among the wheat, one for destruction the other for life. Only at the end of time will we see the results. In the meantime, evil (tares) increases, but good (wheat) also increases. Evil can never overcome good, for God alone is good; He who is in us (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is greater than those who are in the world (demonic forces of Satan). 1 John 4:4
So we can expect a rise in evil in 2015, very likely extremely destructive things. But we can expect God to work in more wondrous ways. The stately King James Version translation of Isaiah 59:19 is, When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him! We have nothing to fear. God will surprise us in remarkable ways in 2015, partially by allowing, or bringing judgment on our sins; but at the same time by bestowing His amazing grace on all who believe.
This beginning of a new year, a gift from our Lord, is not a time to look for new prophecies. False prophets – those who do not stand in the “council of the Lord to see and to hear His Word,” but who issue prophecies out of their own thinking and previously conceived views of history – will likely abound this year. But we Christians, who daily stand in the presence of the Lord to behold His glorious Face and listen to His words, do not need to pay them much attention. We only need to discern these prophecies as we abide in God’s Word and allow His Holy Spirit to lead us.
Lord, we look not to man, nor to the myriads of idols we all have set up. Forgive us for depending on anything other than You. We look to You alone. We set our hope on You. Amen