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by Dudley Anderson  
1/08/2016 / Devotionals

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08 January 2016

Dear God-tracker


Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Every New Year's Day we make a big deal of new beginnings out with the old and in with the new. As we wave farewell to the previous year we look forward to fresh hopes for a new beginning. We search our lives and create New Year's resolutions with the anticipation of improving our lifestyles. But, the truth be told, 1st January is just another day! And, for me, as the old song goes, Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

Tracking our way through life often leads us to situations that leave us wanting or feeling disappointed. So often when things don't work out the way we'd hoped, we feel let down. Perhaps this is how Simon Peter felt as, from a distance, he watched the Roman soldiers nailing his hopes to a wooden cross. He'd had such high expectations for their little band of revolutionaries under the leadership of the One he called the Christ.

"The Christ? Yea, right!" Peter thought to himself. "All those words about the coming Kingdom and all those miracles If he was the Christ, why doesn't he do as the Pharisees are shouting and come down from the cross?" Peter had given up everything to follow Jesus. He'd put his hope in the words of his Lord but now, as he watched the Christ die his hopes for a new life were dashed. But if Peter had truly discerned what Jesus was alluding to when he said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up," he would have understood that the cross was not the end of their hopes but the beginning. A new day was coming when the Christ would rise again!

Tradition has it that Jesus and his disciples sang Psalm 118 at the last Passover supper they ate together. On the eve of the crucifixion they would have sung the words, "This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Indeed, it was the eve of a new dispensation though before they could realise the joy of resurrection they needed to endure the pain of crucifixion!

As you face the New Year, dear God-tracker, you may have your own hopes for great new dreams. Indeed, God-tracking is based on the premise that God knows the plans he has for each of us plans for prosperity, hope and a future. Though sometimes those hopes seem to become dashed remember joy comes in the morning. Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

God-tracking is facing every new day like it's New Year's Day

Keep your eyes on Jesus, always.


It's all in the Book
John 2:18-21
Psalm 118
Psalm 30:1-5

Don't Give Up, Look Up!

And as I face disappointments and let downs, help me to remember that every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before

"Dear Father God, thank you so much for sending Jesus to die and rise again. If it weren't for the new life he made available through his work then I'd be facing a future completely void of any hope. So as I face this New Year I choose to acknowledge you in every day of it. Guide me and help me to track your plans and purposes every single day, not just the bright new days of January. I commit this year to you and determine to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness, always. And as I face disappointments and let downs, help me to remember that every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. Amen."

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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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