Read on to see what our writers are looking forward to as we enter a new year!
Isaiah 43:2 “… Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you, when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2)
This promise from God is found in the book of Isaiah, a book of prophecy, telling of the things to come. This specific passage was taught at my church earlier in the year, and God has used this verse to remind me of great truth: that God is always with me. This year has not been easy or stress-free, it has been full of spiritual warfare and isolation. However, this verse assures me that no matter what trials come, God is with me. God is for me. The things that I go through in this world will never be enough to take me from His hand. I have great hope going into a new year, that the promises of God will still ring true. No matter what comes, Jesus is with us and for us.
Tiffany Joy Layton
As I approach the end of 2020 and think of the new year coming soon, the promise of God that I am most comforted by is found in Philippians 1:6 (NLT) – “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” It is comforting to me to be reminded that God has begun a work in me. It is not over yet. It is not derailed because of the horrible circumstances this year has brought us all. It is not jeopardized by my shortcomings or even my sin. His plans are perfect and began long before I was ever conceived. I take great comfort that His will is being accomplished and will come to completions because it is what brings HIM glory!
Nicole Lisa Schrader
Matthew 28:20 NASB “…behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Isaiah 41:10 NASB “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you. Surely, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God will always and forever be with us—we are never alone. The almighty God, Creator of the universe, upholds us with his right hand—there is nothing to fear. AMEN!
I am encouraged by God’s faithfulness. There are so many promises found in God’s Word about His faithfulness, but the verses form Lamentations are ones that I dearly love: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 2:22-23). It is naive to think that I will wake up January 1, 2021, and the trials of 2020 will be gone. But I do know that I can wake up remind myself of Lamentations 2:22-23 and thank God for being the same God today, as He was every day in 2020.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
I’m a planner type of person, so usually at this time of year I’d be setting goals and making plans for the next twelve months. I don’t know about you, but making plans for 2021 seems a bit overwhelming to me. Every single plan feels like it must be written in pencil, set in jello, and kept in the air. With so many contrasting opinions – even within the church – on how we ought to live and respond to what is going on in our world, what a comfort to know that Jesus is ready and willing to give us wisdom for every day if only we ask. I’ve been reminding God of this promise a lot lately and asking for a generous portion of wisdom!
“May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 With lots still being uncertain this verse is a reminder that putting trust in God, and not in circumstances to change, is what will bring an overflow of hope for the coming year. I am excited to trust what God has for my family and I in this new year and know He wants the best for us.
John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT)
With all the craziness of 2020, I’m most assured of God’s sovereignty right now. God’s Word is clear that He is so much bigger than our seemingly crazy circumstances. I believe that nothing happens in this life without God’s permission. He notices. He knows. And He allows. We can have great comfort in that, no matter what happens in 2021.
Currently, I am standing on the promise that what God says He WILL bring to pass. The particular scripture I keep going back to is Isaiah 46:11. This particular scripture is speaking of Cyrus the Great and how God would use him to free the Israelites from captivity in Babylon. While I am not Cyrus (ha!) and I am not technically freeing Israelites, God HAS called me to bring freedom to women in their Christian walk from bondage and past hurts- this is how many women (even Christ followers!) are in a sort of Babylon. I am standing on the promise that what God has called me to, He is, and will continue, to bring to pass. What He says does not return void. “Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Isaiah 46:11
As I enter 2021, God’s promise that He is sovereign and King of Kings, comforts me most. In a time when political powers are shifting, the future is more unknown than ever, everyone is untrusting and unsure and it seems that the world is falling apart, He still reigns. He is still sovereign. He is still working in our midst. He is our King and our living hope.