Last year at this time, I had certain expectations. While I did not expect life would be perfect and that happy times would mark every day of 2020, I did not expect a pandemic would cause world travel to come to a screeching halt, shutter schools and businesses, strike a blow to the economy, or take the lives of so many, many people across the planet.
I didn’t expect the election would be so caustic or that racial strife would bring pandemonium to cities across America.
This year, I’m checking my expectations. I don’t know what 2021 will bring. Maybe this year will be better. I hope it won’t be worse.
The one thing I do hope with all my soul is that we collectively look for God in every moment of this year. I hope we turn to the Lord and seek Him and His will in everything. I hope our leaders kneel and strive to do His will. I hope our children flock to Him, and I hope they bring their parents and other caregivers along with them.
I hope those whose hearts have been hardened begin to soften.
I invite you to fall to your knees with me and pray this prayer to our Lord:
God, please help us. We need You. We honor You. Help us to walk Your path and spread Your Good News to others so they, too, can join Your team. Help us to glorify You in all we do and take comfort that whatever we endure upon this temporary earth will pale in comparison to Your eternal Kingdom that awaits us. Amen.
Take heart, my friends. We serve the risen Lord, whose Kingdom will have no end. So whatever this year brings, God will use for His glory.
As the word of the Lord came to the governor of Judea through God’s prophet, Haggai, “’But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear’” (Haggai 2:4-5 NIV).
Do not fear.
Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
So, as the apostle Paul urges his student, Timothy, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:12-16).
God bless you. Happy New Year!