January 4, 2022
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 4 January 2022
Happy New Year! 2021 had its many challenges; and, at times, it seemed that difficulties arose without ceasing. However, God is always working his will and purposes, and because of that there is hope. Romans 5:5 states “hope does not disappoint.” The hope that difficulties and tribulations create within us is not a hope that will be disappointed. Be assured that God has proved his intention to fulfill his will and purpose. Furthermore, Romans 8:28 declares, “all things work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose.”
As opposed to being preoccupied with trouble in the world, regard the present time as bringing wonderful opportunities to serve people so they may know the amazing grace of God that is available to whosoever believes. There certainly is no need to worry concerning Jesus’ promise to return and establish a kingdom of peace and righteousness on this earth, and according to Titus 2:13, believers are to be “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.”
In the midst of the difficulties he experienced (certainly greater than anything most people have known), Job said, “I know that You can do all things, and that no plan is impossible for You” (42:2). God’s work is unstoppable! Do you believe that the best is still yet to come? “With God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).
Prior to entering the Promised Land, God told his people: “Little by little I will drive them out before you [those were the wicked people opposed to the person and purpose of God], until you have increased enough to take possession of the land” (Exod 23:30). Little by little is how most victories occur.
Many, if not most, make some mental or written list of something to accomplish in 2022. Certainly, it would be appropriate to set a resolution for spiritual advancement, and perhaps “a little more here” and “a little less there.” In other words, a little more kindness, a little less criticism. A little more forgiveness, a little less resentment. A little more contentment, a little less complaining. More hope, less despair. Thinking and acting more like Jesus, less of our agenda.
Wars are won by many battles – large and small – fought in many places. No doubt when 2022 is finished, you will not have conquered all the “land” in front of you, which is okay lest you become complacent in your spiritual progress. Determine to have a great year for the Lord. With “a little more” and “a little less” at the end of 2022, you will be amazed at how much progress you have made!
REMINDER: the Capitol Commission Bible Studyis next Tuesday, 11th of January(and every Tuesday during the legislative session)Zoom and 318 CLOB (Senate Committee Room) @ 12 Noon