December 31


The Lord your God carried you,
as a man carries his son, in all the
way that you went until you came to this place. 

I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. § In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old. § As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him.

Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. § This is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. § Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on … For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

Thus far the Lord has helped us.

Deut. 1:31; Ex. 19:4; Isa. 63:9; Deut. 32:11–12; Isa. 46:4;
Ps. 48:14; 55:22; Matt. 6:25, 32; 1 Sam. 7:12


There remains very much land yet to be possessed. 

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

Therefore you shall be perfect. § Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.

There remains … a rest for the people of God. § Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off.

Josh. 13:1; Phil. 3:12; Matt. 5:48; 2 Peter 1:5–7;
Phil. 1:9; 1 Cor. 2:9–10; Heb. 4:9; Isa. 33:17

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