New Year’s anxieties
In choosing the year-end WordBytes for throwback Wednesday, it was amazing how quickly the teaching for today came to my attention.
First, this WordBytes was written at the end of 2019, as we entered in the world of the COVID virus. At that time, we had no idea that our lives would be forever changed. The world as we knew would never be the same. Secondarily, it was written to address the anxiety we typically experience as we begin to plan for the new year. This includes evaluation of our accomplishments for the closing year.
Are you ready for 2023?
In our text today, Moses is preparing the Israelites for the changes that lie ahead of them as they prepare to enter the Promise Land. 2+million people. Just imagine the heightened anxiety and fear in the people. But Moses shares with them a promise they can “hang their hat on”. God will go before them!
It’s been said, “Hindsight is 20/20.” As we look back over the past two years with COVID, social unrest, financial upheaval, and more, has God gone before us? Take a moment and think about how God has intervened on your behalf during these tumultuous times.
We have experienced many hardships these past few years. However, regardless of them, we now stand on this side of 2022. We are now planning for a “new year”. Do you want to know why? Because God still (even in the 21st century) goes before us. Whatever circumstance you may face in 2023, know that God is more than able to sustain you through it. I pray that today’s WordBytes will increase your confidence and trust in the Lord. Have a happy and blessed new year.