2020 has come and gone, and we are celebrating the arrival of a new year, 2021.
I don’t know about you, but New Years brings about two completely different sets of emotions. I am either quite happy for a year and its troubles to end or saddened that the good things of the past year are now things of the past; and I am excited by the concept of new beginnings, but at the same time, I’m nervous about the upcoming unknowns.
First of all, I want to wish each of you only the good things in 2021!
Realistically, however, I know that the good things that WILL BE in the new year will be mixed in with troubles. We are told: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows…” (John 16:33b NLT).
Now I don’t know about you, but the idea of 2021 bringing about even more trials is troublesome. Haven’t we been through enough already? Will it never end? Aren’t we already feeling like David, who penned the following words: “I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief…” (Ps. 6:6-7a NLT).
But when Jesus promised us that we would have trials and sorrows on this earth (see John 16:33b), He didn’t just leave us here! He prefaces this point by saying, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me…” (John 16:33a).
In other words, being forewarned is forearmed, so to speak! We know we will have trials on this earth, but that changes nothing! We can still have our peace in Jesus!
And just in case you aren’t quite convinced yet that Jesus can bring us peace in the midst of the trials and sorrows, Jesus closes the subject by saying, “…But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33c)! In other words, it doesn’t matter what trials and sorrows will come our way in 2021, Jesus has already overcome, and as a result, we can have peace in Him–while we are going through the trials and sorrows!
But this wasn’t a new concept, was it? In the same Psalm where King David admits he is worn out from sobbing (See Ps. 6:6), David calls out to God: “Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love.” (Ps. 6:4 NLT). David knows there will be troubles. Hey, he’s going through them as he pens these words! Yet He also knows that the Lord is his one and only rescue! He knows that he can still have his peace in God!
Then, a couple of verses later, David pens the following: “Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.“ (Ps. 6:8-9 NLT).
So what we see here is a formula for how we can rise up in the face of any difficulties that will come in the New Year:
1. We can call out to God, reminding Him of His unfailing love;
2. We can admit our weakness; and
3. We can take a stand in faith that our God has heard our prayer and He will answer them!
4. We can declare our enemies defeated!
Whatever it is that you face in the upcoming New Year, remember: Jesus has already defeated it! We can have peace in Him, through the trials, for He hears and answers our prayers!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.