Dear Reader

By: E.S.N.

"What can I do for thee?" 2 Kings 4:2

With the New Year upon us, we do well to pause and look back as well as forward. We look back to the past year and recall many experiences of the Lord’s gracious dealing with us, so many mercies, so much grace, such compassion and guidance. We look forward because we know that He is the Same. When the widow cried unto the prophet, her husband is gone “The creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen," how great must have been the level of the anxiety and the fear of the unknown and what the future would hold. But what answers Elisha, the man of grace? "What can I do for thee? Tell me what hast thou in thy house?" God does not allow us to be placed in circumstances which bear no evidence of His providing mercies. They may be very small, yet faith appropriates them, and encourages the soul in God to proclaim, "The Lord is my helper," and then obey in faith the instruction giving. The widow here borrows from her neighbors’ empty vessels. The testimony in asking the loan of an empty vessel was that she who was known to be in such difficult circumstances had something to put into them. Now this is an example of the simple action of one that trust in the faithfulness of God. So, in confidence in the living and loving Lord we bring Him into our life’s pathway. For by communicating with Him in prayer and trusting what He promised in His Word, we will experience peace during the uncertainty of the future. If we have faith in Him, in His love, and His care we will hear His voice afresh saying, "What can I do for thee? This will prove our confidence in Him as we go through our daily pilgrimage pathway saying, "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Heb. 13:6.

Dear Friends, we are thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness and goodness toward us in the past year many. I am grateful to those faithful saints who have quietly been a source of help and encouragement to me in producing Toward The Mark. The Lord is their rewarder. Also, I want to thank all of you dear readers for your overwhelming response to the magazine. It is our prayer that the Lord will use Toward the Mark to help you to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him.

Please keep praying for the Lord’s blessing on Toward the Mark.

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Yours in our soon-coming Lord,

Emil S. Nashed

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