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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Written by: Andries
Friday, January 01, 2021 3:45:45 AM  RssIcon

We should all dream at the beginning of a new year - not only about our own needs and opportunities, but certainly also about what God wants to do and can do through our lives and faith communities.
 
In our vision for 2021 it would be important to take note that what we want, and what we need, is not the same thing.
 
In faith I know that God determines what is best for me. It is not always easy to accept that the Lord thinks that I need other things than what I want, and that in his love, he knows what is best for me and not to have many of the things and opportunities I desire and even pray for.
 
In his letter James writes in 1:16 - 18: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the Word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.
 
What God gives is his holy Word of truth. What God gives is good and wise insight into what we need in order to enjoy contented lives. What God gives is what we need to make a difference in his work and his Kingdom.  To dream how to accomplish God’s vision for me and for his people could be the biggest vision I may ever have. 
 
Yet, it never excludes my personal needs. (Matt. 7: 1 – 11)
Jesus said: “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
 
We need what things will be good for us and when God grants them, they will be more than good – they will be perfect for us in all circumstances! But do we understand the difference between what we need and what we want, and that the Lord firmly promised to give us what we need?
 
Trusting God to decide what would be good and perfect gifts for us during 2021 will bring us peace of mind when considering the year ahead of us.
 
May we, here at the beginning of a new and uncertain year, pray that the Lord who knows what is best for our lives will, as in the past, give us what we need.
May we be at peace with it!
 
And once we know our Lord does what is best for us, may we resolve to only do our best for God’s work, every day of this year! 

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