Happy New Year – we made it this far and for some of us this is an understatement. We survived some 2021 tragedies, and we now look forward to a new year. A new year brings with it new hopes and aspirations, we get a chance to start anew. We also know that things on the other side are uncertain. We really don’t know what the future looks like. The pandemic is not over yet, and we all have other personal challenges on top of that. Rather than making predictions or promises that I will not keep, I will share a promise – a promise from God’s Word. This is a prayer written by King David and in it, he shows confidence in God – specifically that God will deliver him from all those who conspire to bring him down. Psalm 27 starts likes this:
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (ESV translation)
I hope 2022 is a better year – I am really hoping for that! The truth is that 2022 or any other day or year will bring its own challenges. Challenges that at times will shake us to the core. Challenges that will push us to give up on our faith in God. In those times, we need something stronger than us to keep us grounded and that is God’s Word and all of God’s promises in it. In those moments of darkness, the Lord – the creator of Heaven and Earth – is our light. In those moments, when we think of giving up, the Lord is our rescue. If He is with us, whom shall I fear? Or, of whom shall I be afraid?
Friends, the foundation of our faith is Jesus, whose birthday we celebrated a few days ago. He came as a child, but grew up and lived a perfect life, and what’s more important, He took our place on the cross. The punishment for sin – whatever size of sin – is death! Jesus took upon himself my sins and your sins, so that you and I would not die. He promises to be with us all the days of our lives.
As this new year starts – as another day starts – let’s remember that, “the Lord is where my life is safe, so I will be afraid of no one!” (Easy to Read version). God is greater than any challenge we may face this new year. King David knew that. He had confidence in the Lord, the creator of heaven and earth. I encourage you to trust in God.
Happy New Year!
PS. Thanks for reading this blog. This is the first blog of 31 that I will be writing this month. I encourage you to come back to my website to read the next blog. These blogs will be written both in English and Spanish. Be strengthened in the Lord, my friends!
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