Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
January 1, 2020. This sounds like such a crazy number or thought. How can it be that it is 2020? I remember, as if it were yesterday, New Year’s Eve 1999 and watching as the world welcomed in the year 2000. We all were wondering and anticipating what would happen with the world’s computer systems. It was known as Y2K and it seemed it was all we heard about. The problem was that no one seemed to know what would happen with the change of date and its format with technology. Yet, here we are still typing away on our computers and working on spreadsheets and playing solitaire on our laptops. Life has gone on, and now in a flash it is 20 years later and guess what? We still don’t really know what is going to happen today, tomorrow or this coming year?
There are many events anticipated; a lot of technology will be revealed, new products released, new and exciting foods created, government officials will be elected, and even new hair and clothing styles will become popular. Some of these will prove beneficial, and much of it will fizzle away into the file of bad ideas.
We will make new resolutions and convince ourselves that this year will be different. We will determine we are going to exercise more, loose weight, save money, take more time for ourselves, take vacations, and the list will go on and on. However, we truly don’t know how much, if any of this will really happen. Or, do we?
There are a few things though that we can know with certainty. No matter what happens in 2020, God is still in control and His plan and will never changes. We can trust Him with our lives and our future! We spend much of our time thinking and planning our days and they are filled with worry, anticipation and anxiety. Why? Because we think we are in charge; we are in control. We agonize and worry because we forget who God is, and that He loves us, and has great plans for our lives. We forget the power of the Almighty God! It is my intentions and I pray that you will join me in this coming year to make the passage in Isaiah 40 a part of our daily lives. Our hope doesn’t lie in ourselves, in our resolutions, or even in new technology. Our hope is found as the great songwriter Edward Mote wrote, “on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
Pastor Michael Tunnell