launching into a new year

I slept for less than two hours and then I couldn’t get back to sleep. I can usually sleep anywhere anytime! I have always wondered about those people who, within three seconds of waking up in the night, piously report that they pray, or read their Bible. That is not usually me. My habit, on those rare occasions, is to get going on some unfinished work or writing. Today I promised I would start first with a brief daily devotional from C. H. Spurgeon’s Evening by Evening. It led me to a phrase in Isaiah 58. In minutes I was consumed with the entire chapter. Here are a few of the lessons learned. by the way, is there such a thing as “God inspired insomnia”? Good chapter for a new year don’t you think?

Isaiah 58:11 = The Lord will guide you always. Not sometimes, not now and then, but continually. Moses said that without the Lord’s presence we might as well stay where we are! Exodus 33:14,15 = The Lord replied: My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest … Then Moses said, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”  The Lord’s presence in the future implies that we have experienced it now. The next adventure launches out of today’s experience with God. Hebrews 13:5 = I will never leave you nor forsake you. C. H. Spurgeon = If you have to change your position in life; if you have to emigrate to distant shores; if you are cast into poverty or suddenly promoted to a more responsible position; if you are thrown among strangers or cast among foes, do not fear for the Lord shall guide you continually, a perpetual leader.”  Strength and satisfaction and success come with God’s presence (Isaiah 58:11, 12). Your stability tomorrow begins with your spirituality today. (all of Isaiah 58)


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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