2019 has come and gone and we are now starting a new year of 2020. As we move into a new year, I’d like to ask the question, “Are you ready for 2020?” As we think about this, I’d like to take just a few moments to look back at 2019 and ahead to 2020. Let’s start in the Old Testament Book of Lamentations, chapter 3 verses 22-23 which read, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (NKJV) For believers, as we look back over the past year, we can see God’s faithfulness to us and as we venture into 2020, He will remain faithful to us just as He has in the past. While we may not know what this year holds, God does and He will see us through it. Remember, God is already in 2020 and He urges us to walk by faith and allow Him to lead us. His faithfulness is renewed every morning and it is just like the sun that comes up. Those who have trusted Christ for their salvation should ask themselves two questions every morning, “How can I be used of You today?’ and “How can I be a blessing to someone else today?” God also wants to lead us as we walk by faith. Proverbs 3:5-6 put it this way, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (NKJV) As we consider these verses, I’m reminded of a book written a number of years ago by Col. Robert Scott called “God Is My Co-Pilot” in which he told how God was with him during World War II. There is no doubt that this story is true, but I’d like to put a little different twist on it in reference to these verses from Proverbs. If God is your co-pilot, you need to switch seats! He wants to guide you, not just be in your life in an advisory capacity. As members of the Body of Christ He is our Head and wants to lead, if we’ll let Him. That’s what He wants us to see about this new year too. He will lead if we trust Him to do so and don’t lean on out own understanding.
Are you ready for 2020? If you’re in Christ you are, because He may come to catch us away during the year and if not He will still be with us giving us strength and hope. If you’re not in Him, He is still waiting for you to come to Him and trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross on your behalf.
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In His Saving and Abounding Grace,
Pastor Wes Barteck