You made it.
After another crazy year in the “new normal” – God has sustained you by His grace – and brought you to this moment.
As you close out yet another year of life on this earth and wait with eager anticipation for what God has in store for you next – it’s crucial you remember one eternal truth:
For everything – there is a season.
Maybe this year you felt closer to God than ever – and deepened your faith in a way you never thought was possible.
Or perhaps you’ve had a year of suffering – loss of a relationship or health – when you knew God is there, but He may have felt distant.
Life’s hits have a way of humbling even the most prideful . . .
. . . be it welcoming new life into the world through a baby’s birth or dealing with death through holding a loved one’s hand one final time as they slip away from their earthly body, God is with us.
As a Christian you are blessed to have a Rock to cling to in life’s storms; you can rest in the assurance of God’ promises and who He is.
The enemy will try and make you think God has abandoned you in your darkest moments – or that, somehow, He has forgotten you.
But we know God’s Word says:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Know that God is always there, even when you don’t “feel Him.”
God’s truth isn’t based on what you “feel” – it’s based on who He is.
As the year ends, if you feel full of regret, consumed by satan reminding you of the things you “didn’t get done this year” and the ways you “failed” as a Christian – pause and remember who you are in Christ.
We know that satan is a liar and an accuser – and his plan is to destroy you.
But your worth and value is not based on what you do – it’s based in who you are – a creation of God – thus, your worth is intrinsic.
So as another year comes to a close, take a moment to praise God not only for who He is, but for allowing you to see another day on this earth.
If you are going through a difficult period – know that there is a season for everything – and pray for the endurance to keep your faith strong by letting God strengthen you through this difficult time.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
May God bless you in the New Year – and fill you with His presence and peace.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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