Encouragement for a New Year

Happy New Year!

As you get started on 2016 resolutions, here’s an encouraging thought for a new year from John Piper about God’s grace:

“This grace is past and it is future. It is ever cascading over the infinitesimal waterfall of the present from the inexhaustible river of grace coming to us from the future into the ever-increasing reservoir of grace in the past.

In the next five minutes, you will receive sustaining grace flowing to you from the future, and you will accumulate another five minutes’ worth of grace in the reservoir of the past. The proper response to grace you experienced in the past is gratitude, and the proper response to grace promised to you in the future is faith. We are thankful for the past grace of the last year, and we are confident in future grace for the new year.”

Future Grace

I pray that you and I would respond in gratitude as we remember God’s past grace. And I pray that we would respond in faith as we read the “very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4) in the Bible for future grace from God.

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself” (Hebrews 6:13).

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