The Thought for the Week this week is written by Donna Atkinson

by Susie Jean Sharkey

"Acquaint now thyself with God and be at peace: thereby good shall come to you.” Job 22v 21

New Year is a special time. It is a time to look back and reflect on the past year, the highs and the lows. It is a time to look forward, to the exciting things that will happen and the new adventures we could have. It is also a time for New Year resolutions, something we are going to do to make us feel better, to make us a better person, physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. Resolutions that will help us relate to each other in a better way and will ultimately give us something.

As my mind was turning to the New Year and what changes I would make in my life, what I could do to improve my life, I came across this verse in my daily reading and when taken out of context it gave me the answer I was looking for.

"Acquaint now thyself with God and be at peace and good will come to you".

I was struck by the simplicity of the verse. The answer to all our aspirations is all in God. It also spoke of a wonderful promise of peace and a life of good things. Here was a resolution that was worth keeping and following! Get to know God more and from that will come the reward of peace. What a wonderful reward! It ties in so closely with the vision that we have as a church to know God more through reading His word daily following The Bible Project. Reading God’s word helps us to get acquainted with Him, we learn more about who He is, His nature and His character. From this comes something that we are all looking for in our busy lives and that is peace. Peace with each other, peace with ourselves and more importantly peace with God. Peace is a place free from worry and tension. Peace will follow us when we acquaint ourselves with God. It is a place of peace regardless of our circumstances. The consequence of this resolution is that good will come to us. God's will out worked in our lives is always for our good. What a rest we have when we can trust our Heavenly Father to give us all the good things that we need. What a blessed hope and trust we can have in our Heavenly Father to provide all that we need for this year ahead.