Good morning. It is Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
“Friends, I know we’re facing some tough times. Whoever thought 2021 was going to be a walk in the park after 2020 had a rude awakening. And we're weary… We're weary from our challenges, worn down by our fears, and worried that we'll never find relief. If you're feeling this way, I have an encouraging message. Relief will come. It will.
There is a story in the Bible that reminds us of this truth, a book by the name of Esther. Remember Esther?
She found herself smack dab in the middle of political upheaval, cultural divides, and family drama, to say the least.
When faced with a royal decree that would annihilate her people, Esther had to make some tough choices. Would she remain silent, or would she speak up? Would she blend in, or would she stand out? Would she trust that God could use her to save a nation or would she cower in fear?
Like Esther, you may be staring down a seemingly impossible situation. And what's true for Esther is true for you:
Deliverance will come.
God will have His victory.
He will rescue His people.
He will right the wrongs of this world.
The question is not, Will God prevail? The question is, Will you be part of the team?
You, like Esther, can act in a way that will bless more people than you could imagine.
This is your hour. This is your moment.
You don't need to become undone by tough times. You can become unleashed by our triumphant God.” ~ Max Lucado
I am a fan of Max. I have read several of his books. In fact, I have a couple on my shelf right now. He has a God-given talent that shines through his writings. He encourages me and reminds that, in the words of Bob Marley, “every little thing gonna be alright.”
You know how I know this? Because God the Father is for us; not against us.
We often look at Jesus as the loving Savior, and God as the task master; cold and aloof. But Jesus said, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father – John 14:9
God is for us. He is on our side!
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear…” Psalm 118:6 NKJV
God is for us. He will never forsake us!
“…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
I looked up the meaning of forsake. I have read it all my life, but what does it literally mean?
Synonyms: abandon · desert · leave · quit · depart from · leave behind · leave high and dry · turn one's back on · cast aside · give up · reject · disown · break (up) with · jilt · strand · leave stranded · leave flat · leave in the lurch · throw over · cast aside/off · betray · abandoned · deserted · jilted · stranded · discarded · shunned · renounced · betrayed · rejected · disowned · desolate · renounce · give up · relinquish · dispense with · desist from · forswear · disclaim · disown · disavow · discard · set aside · wash one's hands of · turn one's back on · repudiate · have done with · withdraw · drop · do away with · jettison · betray · renege on.
God will NEVER do any of those things to us! That is quite the promise friends!
God is for us. He is always with us!
“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:20 NKJV
God is for us! And that is a promise you can keep close to your heart.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32 NKJV
And of course, the best-known Bible verse in the world: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Verse 17 is as important. They go hand-in-hand: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Jesus came to save you and me. Save us for a better place and a better time. God wants us to live with Him. Luke 19:10 tells us, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” - NKJV
If that is not love, I don’t know what is.
So, as we begin this new year, keep your eyes on Jesus. Not the news, not the neighbors, but Jesus.
If you are overwhelmed by world events, look to God. Not your family, not your coworkers, but God.
Ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit and live the life He intends for you to live. A life filled with hope and faith, peace and happiness.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV