12 “Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called!
I am he; I am the first,
and I am the last.
13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I call to them,
they stand forth together.
14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken and called him;
I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16 Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.”
And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
No one typically thinks of football players as world-class scientists or theologians, but successful quarterbacks and wide receivers must have a grasp of physics and no small degree of faith. Consider, for example, a “long bomb” pass. The quarterback must instantly process distance, wind, weight of the ball, trajectory, and the speed of his receiver – all while 300-pound defenders are bearing down on him. When the ball leaves his hand, there is often no receiver within 40 yards of the spot at which he’s aiming. The receiver, meanwhile, is running a predetermined route to a particular location, trusting that when he gets there, the ball will arrive.
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
That’s how it is in the game plan of life. God directs you in certain ways to certain places. There may seem to be nothing there, no reason to go. But understand this: He is leading you. Even if you can’t see the outcome, follow the route anyway.
Do you have the degree of faith required to go where He directs? Today, as we embark on a new year and a new decade, ask God to give you greater trust as you set the example of faithfulness for others, including determined prayer for all those on our prayer list and those on our hearts and minds. The result, Scripture promises, will be delightful.
Happy New Year!