Fresh Hope – 31st December 2019

In the late nineties, a sense of excited panic gripped much of the world as the year 2000 approached. The fear of computer systems crashing because of the Y2K bug bolstered the anticipation of a new era after the big crash, of pandemonium, lawlessness, and the beginning of the end of the world as we knew it. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

Sadly, since that huge anti-climax, the sense of excitement preparing for the new year has been replaced by a predictable comparison of the fireworks displays around the world.

In 1 Samuel 17, a young shepherd boy named David was sent on a dull errand, to deliver cheese and sandwiches to his brothers who were, as it turned out, not fighting a war. A giant soldier from the enemy camp mocked and challenged them morning and evening for 40 days, but they cowered in fear. The sense of excitement and anticipation David’s brothers had when they joined the ranks of soldiers marching to battle had been replaced by a dull existence eating sandwiches camped out in tents.

David overturned the dull mission he started out on, and ended up killing the giant, because of the vision he saw for his future. The vision of a promotion from a shepherd messenger to the king’s son-in-law propelled him more than the fear of Goliath, or the negativity that was coming from his brothers held him back.

What exciting, audacious goals have you set for you to testify about God’s power in your life in the ‘20s we’re about to enter?

Like David, when the vision you have in front of you becomes clearer and more important than how you started, what surrounds you and what is behind you, God’s Word is the only power you’ll need to move forward.

Your success in your relationships, finances, health, emotions is not going to be determined by how well you’ve been trained to fight, but by the value you see in what you are fighting for.

Who you are, and what you have is enough! God never made anyone inadequate! David had to go to find some stones after he accepted Goliath’s challenge, so remember as we enter this new year, take on what God puts on your heart, and as Philippians 4:19 says, He will provide what you need, when you have a need for it.

Noble Mudenha

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