In The Garden December 2015
“O LORD, the Hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed,
and they that depart from Me shall be written in the earth,
because they have forsaken The LORD, the fountain of living waters.”
Last month The LORD’s theme of “For Ever” for 2016 was presented (based upon
Psalm 119:89). Just in case you’ve already been hearing “For Ever”, I’ll share an interesting occurrence with you. A few years after The LORD began revealing His annual themes to me to proclaim I began to notice an overlapping of themes. This overlapping would occur in sync with the Jewish New Year, which typically occurs in September. This occurrence could simply be called a precursor to the upcoming year’s theme; however, that would minimize the significance of this happening. It appears The good LORD is introducing His annual themes with the Jewish New Year. Interestingly, last year on Rosh Hashanah (which is the first day of the Jewish New Year) while I was listening to El Shaddai Ministries Shabbat service on the internet, Pastor Mark Biltz quoted the above verse, unknowingly participating in ringing out The LORD’s upcoming theme for 2015. It was a joyous moment to witness The LORD’s sovereignty!
A recent personal example and sweet experience of this overlapping occurring happened November 17, as I left work to return a loaner vehicle and pick up my vehicle which had been serviced. Upon entering the vehicle the radio came on; and Pastor Robert Jeffress, Jr. of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, was speaking. Within a couple of minutes, Pastor Jeffress quoted, “For Ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven!” It may seem insignificant, or simply coincidental;; but to me, the sheer orchestrating of events, having me leave at that exact moment (I was struggling about when the best time to leave was because of the inclement weather forecast) and happening to have the radio on, and on that particular station, and that particular message being spoken was nothing short of providence! Experiencing these magical moments of delight have been untold wonders to marvel at and have brought great joy to my soul. My hope for you is, if you have not experienced God in this way, that you will be drawn into a wonderful relationship with Him filled with wonder and awe!
This month, although the year is almost over, I thought I’d go ahead and share The LORD’s theme for 2015 by asking you a question. By chance, have you happened to notice “Hope” being mentioned frequently this year? If so, be encouraged; you’ve been sensitive to His Holy Spirit and subliminally tuned in to The LORD’s theme for 2015! Personally speaking, it’s been incredibly encouraging, and almost unbelievably amazing, the countless ways and times I’ve witnessed The LORD sharing and spreading “Hope” this year. Omnipotently, His Word lovingly flows forth freely, satisfying the thirsty, cleansing hearts, purging iniquities, healing the sick and delivering the afflicted, renewing our minds and refreshing our souls and spirits. Truly, He is the “fountain of living waters.”
My hope in sharing this year’s theme during the month that we celebrate the birth of His Son, The LORD JESUS CHRIST, is that it will be a timely reminder to us that He truly is our “Hope.” Who would have thought that our hope for salvation would come wrapped in swaddling clothes.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ The LORD. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising, God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:11-14
During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, shopping and cooking and travelling, let’s remember to take time to glorify God by expressing our gratitude to Him for His merciful love toward us by giving us the greatest gift of all.
“Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15
As the year culminates, no doubt, we are all struggling to understand what’s going on in the world, and in our personal lives, with the horrific occurrences and devastating events that have transpired this year. It is vital for us to have faith and hope in God, and to know that through it all, He is doing a work in us, for it is written:
“3…Tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed…” Romans 5:3-5
Fear not, and rejoice in the God of hope; for although He came as a babe in a manger, He now sits as the King on His heavenly throne high and lifted up ruling and reigning with all power and authority as He wills! No matter how chaotic the world becomes, He is in control!
“Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of The LORD:
peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”