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A New Year

I woke up this morning with two phrases planted on the forefront of my mind: “God will provide,” and the old, obscure hymn “To the work!”

In Genesis 22, God told Abraham to offer his only son as a burnt offering to him. This was problematic on many levels, and made absolutely no sense. But Abraham didn’t hesitate to obey. As father and son made their way to the alter site, Isaac noticed they didn’t have a ram for the burnt offering. When he asked his father about this glaring lack of resources, Abraham responded “God will provide.”

I haven’t heard the hymn “To the Work” in thirty years. But it was ringing in my ears this morning.

"To the work! To the work! We are servants of God; "Let us follow the path that our Master has trod; "With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew, "Let us do with our might what our hands find to do."

Two great thoughts to begin the new year: God calls each of us to do important things in our life. Get started, don’t hesitate, even when the details are unclear and the resources are scare. God will provide. We must simply follow in faith, and get to work.

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