If anything, the events of this past week (on top of 2020) should have us clinging to God.
For me personally, the week has included the infiltration of COVID-19 into my family. I have been quarantined and received a negative test result, yet I’m not sure how accurate it was with almost everyone being positive. All in all, Praise the Lord, my family members have not been ill enough to need medical attention, and I have mostly been without symptoms.
Living the quarantine life as this New Year has begun, I have had time to slow down and consider how I (we) can approach this year well.
“So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into ‘the Holy Place’…
let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.
He always keeps his word.
Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out…”
// Hebrews 10:22-24 MSG
Keep a firm grip // As we move forward, we know the past does not simply vanish with no consequences. So we must use the ability to remember to our advantage!
We must keep a firm grip on God’s promises, the fulfillment of promises He has already bestowed upon us (both in His Word and in our own lives), and the ever-present reality that He keeps His word!
Remember what God has done for you. Hold those promises fulfilled in your heart and readily available to be recalled when times get tough.
Be inventive // Rather than dwell in the hardships of life, let us be inventive in ways to show love, be kind, and truly care for those around us. This last year has shown us, in times of distress and oppression, resiliency so often springs up and reveals the goodness of humanity. Continue seeking ways to encourage one another and serve where there is need. Have fun serving others!
Approach God // Ultimately, this coming year needs to be saturated in pursuing God. No kindness, no remembering, no service truly holds weight without God in it.
Jesus invites us to learn from and tarry with Him. The Holy Spirit delights in counsel and comfort. God’s sovereignty means He truly does keep His word, and He wants us to approach Him with all of what life throws at us.
Let us practice going to God FIRST with everything in our lives and carving out substantial time with Him. We must actively seek His wisdom through scripture and His presence through prayer to do 2021 well.
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
// Romans 12:12 NLT
I know I simply cannot take one more step into 2021 without God. He needs to be my filter, my foot steps, my foundation.
Will He be yours?