First published in "A Witness and A
Testimony" magazine, Jan-Feb 1965, Vol. 43-1.
The Motto for 1965
"He is thy life, and the length of thy days" (Deuteronomy 30:20).
"And as thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25).
So runs our motto for 1965. It puts our lives on the basis which
alone can see us through, but which can more surely do that. From
the natural and temporal to the Divine and eternal. Firstly, it
establishes us in Divine resource. The great all-comprehending "He"
is the all-sufficient source. Not the sooner or later, the shorter
or longer of life's tenure, but "the eternal God". Not the hap,
chance incidents and circumstances of life to dictate and govern,
but "God over all". Not the human or satanic forces deciding the
length of our days or the destiny of our lives; but "the God and
Father, who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will".
For some the battle is short and sharp; a concentrated intensity in
which their maturity is reached sooner than others. A knowledge of
the Lord is forced up above the average, and the values required for
the service of eternity secured more quickly than in many. For
others the "days" are more, and for others the "days" are many. The
tenure is determined by the Lord, and the strength measured
accordingly. "He" is the measure as to time.
But not only the plurality of days. Surely the word is for each day.
It was to the people to whom our words were first spoken that the
Lord gave the manna "Day by day". It was sufficient for the day, but
no more. Lack of faith would mean that some would gather for the
morrow, and that was forbidden. It has often been said that many
things which crush us today are the things which have never
happened, and may never
happen. They exist in our fear, our
imagination, our reason. Even if we do have a 'practical common
sense which does not leave things to chance', are we wise
taking possibilities without the assurance of "As thy days, so shall
thy strength be"?
When the women were hastening on their mission of mercy to the tomb
of Jesus, anxious care entered their hearts: "Who shall roll away
the stone?" When they arrived, it was already rolled away, by "a
great angel". There are angels who can anticipate us. God has said "As
no more, no less. He measures the number, the every one, and the
depth. The words are the heritage of those who, like those to whom
they were first spoken, are called into the fellowship of God's Son;
redeemed by precious blood, united with Him in death, burial and
resurrection, and committed to "wholly follow the Lord", "called
according to His purpose".
May it be ours to live in the good of the "promises, which in Him
are yea and amen".