It’s Monday Grace!
Well, you made it through another year! Congratulations! Some of you are surprised. You weren’t sure you were going to make it. The battle was too much at times. But here you are.
For some, it was last year or a few years ago. Didn’t think you were going to survive. Didn’t think you could ever find peace or happiness or health or love again. Felt like life was at an end. But it wasn’t. You made it through.
And those who look to Jesus can see His hand in all of it. At times you may have felt like He was far away or not real at all. But now, as you look again, you realize that He never let you down. He walked the path with you, kept you safe, and delivered you. He was faithful.
The hand of the Lord is on those who look to Him. His strong arm will protect you. He gets us through.
I don’t know why the Lord allows some things in our lives. I know He loves us and is strong enough to change our circumstances. I also know we all have a lot to learn and changes to make in our hearts. But I have learned (at least I try) to trust Him when difficult things come. I don’t work to guess why it is happening, I just want Him to be with me through it.
If you trust in the Lord’s love, you don’t blame Him for the things that happen. Instead, you look to Him during the difficult times and find strength and protection. You find His presence and encouragement.
It isn’t the Lord who places you in difficulties, but it is the Lord who will get you through.
And now you face a new year. Because you know that He was with you through the troubles, you know that He will be with you through this year as well. You have more confidence, more faith, more hope as you face tomorrow, knowing that He has been faithful in the past.
So this new year will be good. Struggles will come, but the Lord will protect you. His grace will truly be sufficient.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.