Looking Away to Faithful


Revelation 19:11-16

From the Reformer

The divine Word alone is the cornerstone, the I-beam, the girder, the stanchion, and the pillar undergirding our constancy. Therefore it is imperative that we hold to the plain Word of God, that we cling to the words of Christ. Then we will experience God’s help in the midst of danger and upheaval.

—Martin Luther, Sermons on the Gospel of St. John

Pulling It Together

This is how the New Year should begin for Christians. “I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! And the one sitting on it is called Faithful and True.” More importantly, this is how we should continue in the year. How we begin is one thing; how we continue is crucial. We may begin the year much as others do, with resolutions or at least, good intentions. Perhaps our resolve will be exactly like those of the world: lose weight and exercise. Maybe we will go so far as determining to read the Bible every day. Whatever our declarations, we know in our hearts that we will break them. We will sin against our own word, let alone God’s word: not losing the weight (or keeping it off), not exercising, probably not reading the Bible each day.

What should we do then but look away from self? When we have not been true to ourselves, we should remind ourselves that there is One who is faithful and true. Throughout the year, we will not be faithful, but the Lord is faithful every day.

Prayer: Lord, help me look less to myself and more to you in this new year. Amen.

If you are looking for a Bible reading guide for 2015, here is one to print two-sided, fold in thirds, and use as a bookmark in your Bible.

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