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by Dudley Anderson  
12/19/2014 / Devotionals

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19 December 2014

God-tracking Through the Year
By Dudley Anderson
Fifty-two weekly devotions to keep you
tracking the plans and purposes of God

Dear God-tracker

This will be last trACker of 2014. Here's wishing you and your loved ones a very wonderful Christ filled CHRISTmas and blessed 2015


It was early morning as he sat on the edge of his bed, head in hands and heart heavy. His workload had increased ten-fold, at least, over the past six months. Pressure to deliver was mounting and people were placing undue expectations upon him like never before. It was a good thing that business had improved but, along with increased production came increased labour. Joe was at the end of his tether. He'd been working 7 days a week for months and had simply run out of fuel. He began to sob uncontrollably as hot tears well up in his tired eyes. Never before had he felt this way. Joe was on the verge of crashing.

On January 25, 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Colombia crashed just 15 miles short of New York's Kennedy International Airport, killing 73 passengers. Reason: the plane just ran out of fuel. International regulations require an airliner to carry enough fuel to reach its destination as well as its assigned alternate, plus enough extra fuel to handle at least 45 minutes of delays. The Avianca pilots had requested a "priority landing" but should have used the phrase, "emergency landing". Due to heavy traffic and bad weather conditions, the ill-fated plane was placed on a holding pattern until it simply ran out of fuel.

Have you ever reached the point that Joe reached on that formidable morning; overworked, fatigued and burnt out? God has not created us to work 7 days a week at the expense of family and health. Apart from the obvious effects of stress on the heart and digestive system, research reveals that stress can cause, among other diseases, asthma, obesity and Alzheimer's disease. Avianca Flight 52 crashed because it ran out of fuel. In other words, the plane worked so hard for so long that it had nothing left in reserve to safely deliver its precious cargo of souls to their destination.

God has given you a precious cargo, too. You have a life that he created to honour him and a family who need you to be strong and secure. Jesus once said, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." The Lord God created the universe and then he rested on the Sabbath. God is not a man that he should require rest (he neither slumbers nor sleeps) but he set us the example of the Sabbath so that we might rest. It is not only a sin to not take a Sabbath, it's foolish! Jesus also told us to come to him when we're weary and then he would give us rest. You see, if we yoke up with Christ then we will be both productive and rested.

God-tracking is taking a God-given Sabbath rest. Beware of burnout!

Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Every blessing


It's all in the Book
Mark 2:27-28
Psalm 121
Matthew 11:28-30

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Verse of the Week

Hebrews 4:11
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

Quote of the Week
Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes

"Depend on it; God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply." --- Hudson Taylor

Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!

I am burdened and weary and hand over all my duties and responsibilities over to him

"O Lord, I am tired. I admit that I have been working far too much and far too long without taking a rest. I'm beginning to see the effects it's having on my health and my family's wellbeing. I'm sorry for not taking a Sabbath rest. Forgive me for this sin and help me to rearrange my daily routines so that I can take a Sabbath. Lord, I commit my work to you and acknowledge you in all I do. May I begin to see your hand of blessing and peace in my life. I come to Jesus, because I am burdened and weary, and hand over all my duties and responsibilities over to him. Amen."

If you want more prayer then email [email protected]


What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.

Unless otherwise indicated all scripture references in this publication are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.

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