January 2018: From the Minister's Blank Pages
Some people get very excited about the new clean pages of a new year. The diary highlights this feeling for some. Crisp clean weeks spread out, all minus the detritus of the previous year.
- Cat sitting for neighbour
- Man coming for fourth attempt to stop the washer leaking
- ‘Friends’ who shared our table on holiday coming to call, AGAIN
- Dentist, March 5th
- Boiler Service 8th May
- Chimney sweep 5th June
Isaiah 43 shows how God offers rescue to Jacob but also notes that Jacob has not been quite so paid up to a little sacrifice. He hasn’t given God his ear. But God is still willing to bless and encourage him in Chapter 44. In 43: 19 part way through His review of Jacob, God declares, “See I’m doing a new thing! ”. The purpose of this is so people may proclaim His praise. God tells Jacob good news but then comes a list of the disappointments that God has seen in his people. In Isaiah 44. 6 God says “ I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. ......Do not tremble, do not be afraid”. From verse 6-23 God speaks about the futility of idols in almost comic tones. His message though is clear. You only need me and anything else is a waste of time, a distraction and an insult.
From our closing diary of 2017 which days would have shown where our idols live? Was there any disappointment for God in our pages?
God says’ I ‘am doing a new thing’. We have a fresh start in a New Year. I wish you every blessing in the coming 52 weeks