Updated: Jan 4, 2020
1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
As I look back on 2019, I can honestly say it was one of the best I have had in a long while. Many ministry opportunities were explored and offered, new projects were started, and through it all, the Lord was right there every step of the way. 2019 will be a year I will remember for a long time to come. I have been humbled by how the Lord just guides us from one failure to the next success over and over again.
As we approach 2020, let’s take the time to really turn this year over to the Lord, in full anticipation of the great things He will do. We often look at the new year as something of a new beginning. Don’t get me wrong, it is a time for new beginnings, a new diet, new courage, a new outlook, but we must remember and be appreciative that God’s grace is new daily! He is truly the God of all grace. As we wake up tomorrow, let’s set a new path, not because the calendar changed, but because God’s grace is unchanging from day to day!
Was 2019 a year that saw you suffer? I know many people that are currently suffering and will continue to do so even as we go from December 31st to January 1st. But, as God promises, the suffering if but a moment when we look at the big picture. Envision if you will a long rope, enough rope, in fact, to wrap around your home several times over. Now think about a piece of masking tape wrapped once around that rope. The rope represents eternity, while that little piece of tape represents our time in this world. So God is giving us a clear picture that our suffering is minimal when we think about it on an eternal level. The awesome part, God promises that He will be there to guide us, to give us the strength, courage, and wisdom to make it through this time of suffering.
The promise of this verse is remarkable. He himself will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast. That is my hope for 2020, that I will through His strength remain steadfast, unmovable, unshakeable in Him! I have that same hope for you as well.
As we make New Year’s resolutions, make sure to include God. Resolve to become closer and closer to our Creator. He is ready to give us His strength, His wisdom, His courage, and His plan for our lives. Let 2020 be the year that sees you truly let go and let God!
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
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