Psalm 92:15 (MSG)
Such witnesses to upright God! My Mountain, my huge, holy Mountain!
As 2016, winds down, I begin searching for a word to guide me in 2017. The following are some I consider: Hope; wait; dwell; lean; faith; trust, and promise. It's a great list to choose from, but there is one problem.
None of these words choose me.
Frustrated, I share with my husband, Danny, my predicament. "Don't worry," he assures me. "Your word will appear all in good time."
"How can you be so sure?" I ask, despondently.
Danny laughs. "Because God always comes through," he declares. "I'm as sure about you finding your word as I am about 2017 being a huge year!"
Can I believe my ears??? "That's it!!!" I shout ecstatically. "Huge! HUGE! That's my word!"
Because this year, I long to experience my Lord in a huge way. I want to do everything in the name of my huge God to His huge glory, for He deserves nothing less than my huge devotion.
As I peruse Bible Gateway, using The Message translation and the key word, "huge," I am rewarded by the following inspirational Scriptures, not by any means exhaustive, which I now share with you. ("Hope," in caps, mine)
Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God, turn your backs on the world's "sure thing," ignore what the world worships; the world's a HUGE stockpile of God wonders and God thoughts. Nothing and no one comes close to you! ~Psalm 40:4-5
Generous in love - God, give grace! HUGE in mercy - wipe out my bad records. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I've been; my sins are staring me down. ~Psalm 51:1-3
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, say this: "God, you're my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!" That's right. He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His HUGE outstretched arms protect you - under them you're perfectly safe; his arms fend of harm. ~Psalm 91:1-4
"What a HUGE harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" ~Matthew 9:38
"God's kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows in to a HUGE pine tree, and eagles build nests in it." ~Matthew 13:31-32
But Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Yes - and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over HUGE obstacles." ~Matthew 21:21
At once the angel was joined by a HUGE angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights! Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. ~Luke 2:13-14
Aren't these verses amazing? Yes! I am thrilled with the word that chose me this year!
Because I believe, with God's help, that 2017 is definitely going to be HUGE!
Have you chosen a guiding word for the year? Please share in the comments!