Finish the Task

It is a human trait to start things and never finish them. We only need to think about New Year resolutions. Fortunately we know of One who will complete what He commences.

‘The one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 1:6

Shepherds

We do pray for our farmers in inclement weather. Lambing in this country is different to the methods in Israel, but the farmers still need to care for the lambs and those with young. However good our shepherds are they cannot be as loving as our Lord!

‘The Lord tends His flock like a shepherd, He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart, He gently leads those that have young.’ Isaiah 40:11

Act Justly

‘What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly before your God.’ Micah 6:8

Part of this text is worked into the stonework outside our local museum. It is the motto for the city. This is also a timely reminder where our loyalties lie.

Praise Him

It is easy to get downcast at this time of year; the weather is bad, the state of the country is not good. Summer seems a long way away.

But God is still in control. It is He who rules the world. We need February to prepare for June.

‘Why my soul are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet prove Him, my Saviour and my God.’ Psalm 42:11

His Plans

If we think things are not going the way we want them to, do we think God is against us? According to Jeremiah He wants the best for us.

‘I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11