What follows is the reading for January 1 from the original “Our Daily Bread” devotional book, which was written by M. R. DeHaan and Henry G. Bosch. The book has a daily reading for each day of the year, and is very practical. DeHaan lived from 1891 – 1964. Bosch lived from 1914 – 1995. The suggested Scripture reading for the day was 2 Peter 3:11 – 14. The devotion was based on Joshua 3:4, part of which says, “ye have not passed this way before.”
A Brand New Year ( by M. R. DeHaan )
We stand on the threshold of a brand new year. We cannot see one step ahead. We know nothing of what lies before us. It is to us a new, a strange, an unknown path. Will we see another year? Will Jesus come this year? Will death strike our home? Will war break out again? From the signs round about us we may ominously expect many unwelcome surprises, for we have not passed this way before. We enter upon a path unknown. We would be filled with fear were it not for the promises of God. What a glorious privilege to be assured that God knows every step of the way and has made provision for us. How wonderful, as we stand at the beginning of this period of time to know that we have Captain and a Guide who knows the way and has planned it all ahead for us. And so we rest upon his promises. Here are a few of them:
“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).
“Lo, I am with you alway (Matt. 28:20).
“As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deut. 33:25).
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10)
“He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6)
We have not passed this way before, but HE KNOWS THE WAY. Only follow! Let Him guide, and it will be a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
“I now not whether dark or bright, this year shall be — I only know he giveth light, and I can trust His love and might, who leadeth me!” Anonymous
“Make use of time if thou lovest eternity; yesterday cannot be recalled and tomorrow cannot be assured; only today is thine.” Quarles