2021: Rejoice

2021: Rejoice

Welcome to the final day of 2020. What a year, my friends. Filled with unprecedented joy for some, along with soul-staggering levels of heartache. I am reminded of the tender words of God: “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) This is such comfort and hope in these times, a promise we can hold onto in the dark. 

Each morning is a merciful reminder, a daily whisper: all things new. For those who are His, we are assured of life everlasting. The truth is life giving: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. He, the sinless one, took upon Himself the sin of the whole world and gives His righteousness to those who believe. We are saved by His grace. Not by anything we do or keep doing, but by faith alone in His work for us. Oh, the love of God!
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
Is. 43:19
So as we step out of the old, may we step into His goodness, His mercy, His holiness. Let us walk in the victory He obtained for us. Let us give thanks for all the blessings of 2020 and look forward to all that is to come. 

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.” (Prov. 31:25)

Let this be our raiment: Joy. As we embrace the path set before us, let us hold fast the promises and presence of God. “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Ps. 23:3b-4)

Notice that the path of righteousness He leads us on may also be through the valley of the shadow. But He who never leaves or forsakes His children is the one leading, guiding, and protecting us through it. We are surrounded by spiritual warfare, the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places (Eph. 6:10-18), yet He prepares a table for us. He provides what we need. Let us partake with joy! 

Rejoice is my word for 2021. May you be blessed with peace and joy no matter what comes your way. If you are not yet a child of God (John 1:12-13), I implore you to become His child today by placing your trust in Jesus who, through His death and resurrection, delivers you from sin and the penalty of sin: death. 

What are you thankful for from 2020? What is your word for 2021? How can I pray for you?

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