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Sun, Dec 30, 2012

Going forward 

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December is a month in which many make decisions or resolutions for the coming year. However when December of the following year arrives, things often turn out quite different to what was expected and perhaps planned for.
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2013 200December is a month in which many make decisions or resolutions for the coming year. However when December of the following year arrives, things often turn out quite different to what was expected and perhaps planned for. In reading the news, one comes to the realization that nothing is certain in life. No-one holds their life in their own hands. An observation warning us to be careful when we begin to make plans without God. The fear of this uncertainty has driven many to consult fortune tellers and traditional healers about their future but they forget that those whom they consult do not have knowledge of their own future to begin with.  
 
One day is a very long time on earth. One has to decide who you are going to do your future with. We should be warned, however that doing it on our own is risky. For 40 years, Moses thought he was somebody special as he was tipped to be the next Pharaoh but he then had to spend a further 40years re-learning that he was nobody without God. During this time Moses learned and understood that his value is only in God.
Moses was a man given to prayer, he had the right attitude and prayer life to show God that he depended on Him. One of the lessons we learn from Moses is that the more we know that we can not do certain things, the more inclined we will be to prayer. And similarly, the lack of this realization leads to a proportional slack in prayer.
 
Everybody wants to know what the future holds for them. The question here is, what does one do, going forward, when you do not know what to expect from the future. Maturity teaches us that knowing the future is not a worthy priority, simply because the future is uncertain.

Moses teaches us, by example, two worthy pursuits or requests, in this regard:
 
1. God's personal presence:
For Moses it did not matter what happened as long as God was there, all would be well. The only certainty with the future depends on who is with you. God is a good Father, He is able to take care of His people according to our needs.
 
2. God's glory:
Through this request Moses was asking God to take him to a level in God that he had never been to before. The glory of God is expressed in His goodness. God has seventy recorded names in the Bible, each of these names were given to Him by people who had a personal experience of God's activity on earth. They named God after the glory or goodness they had just experienced.
 
As you seek God's presence and His glory, whatever you do in 2013 shall prosper.