Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and
let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
The ball has dropped in Times Square and the millions upon millions of bits of confetti have been released. The traditional dinners have been prepared and eaten cabbage, black-eyed peas, cornbread (hot water or regular), along with various meats, side dishes and desserts. Some opted for regional favorites: gumbo in Louisiana, barbecue in Texas, Kansas City or Memphis; cheesesteak sandwiches in Philadelphia, or deep-dish pizza in Chicago. Whatever your locale or however you celebrate, we have one thing in common.
The year 2020 is here.
And not only are we in a New Year, we’re embarking upon a new decade. What will the next 10 years bring? We are believing God for good health and prosperity—the biblical kind of prosperity the Apostle John prayed the saints would receive “as their souls prospered” (3 John 1:2). We pray our loved ones will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and exponentially increasing numbers of people hear and receive the good news of the gospel.
We certainly pray for peace on earth, and for good will to extend to all men, and for the absence of war. And yet, in the midst of our prayers and petitions, we live with the knowledge that the “last days” and “perilous times” spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-13 are indeed upon us—and our Lord can break through the clouds at literally any moment.
As saints of God, we live day by day with the realities posed by certainties and uncertainties. On the one hand, though we have been prophetically warned throughout scripture, we live with a degree of uncertainty concerning what each day will bring. The actions of world leaders have rippling effects that can be felt around the world, driving home the importance of why we need to fervently pray for those who are in authority (2 Timothy 2:1-2).
Despite the uncertainties of life, we can thank God for the certainties enabling us to face our daily journeys—the certainty that our God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and the Lord is with us always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
Our world is on a collision course with destiny, and we do well to be ready. This is why we must take heed to the admonition to “lay aside” everything weighing us down, and especially any sins that would ensnare us in deadly webs. Yes, we face uncertainties, but that’s all right. We can face 2020 and any years beyond with confidence, because we know the Lord is on our side. We can—and we will—make it, because we’re looking unto Jesus! Be Blessed.