Joshua was growing old but before he died he wanted to recount to the people of Israel Gods faithfulness and how much God had done for them.
“And behold, today I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your heart and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which Jehovah your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass to you. Not one thing of it has failed”. Joshua 23:14
It had been a good year. They had inherited much of the land but it had required warfare and conflict. God was faithful to His promise but He asked for their involvement. They had to do some fighting too. They had to face some battles themselves but that is what makes it a good year.
In life we face troubles, trials, temptations difficulties and may be even some afflictions, but it’s still been a good year. A year overseen by the Father.
We only get the trials that we need. James 4
We only get the temptation that God knows we can handle. 1 Corinthians
We only get responsibilities God knows we can be faithful in. 1 Timothy
So really our year is never a year that is not filtered from trouble but it is filtered by the Father.
It is not a good year when everything goes well and there’s no challenges or difficulties to face. To grow in faith there has to be a challenge.
To grow at love there has to be people difficult to love.
To grow in generosity there have to be needs presented that we can respond to.
We become faithful when remain diligent in our responsibilities without supervision nor encouragement.
What makes for a good year is when we face challenges and overcome them. When we fall but rise up again; when we grow closer to our wife or husband or friend, because of a trial we faced together.
When we lived for a great cause, when our hearts were stretched and we cried out to know God more. When we had to give something up in sacrifice. A great year is about knowing Him and growing up. It’s about leaving the place you were.
It’s about being a wayfarer; it’s about passing through the valley of Baca and making it a spring of blessing.
Friend, it takes two. Stay on your pilgrimage to ward Him, find the blessing in your valleys; You will enter more of your inheritance and He will crown your year with His goodness, guaranteed!.