It is no surprise to anyone that 2020 was a turbulent year in America and around the world. We’ve experienced a world pandemic, lockdowns, riots, elections, job loss, and political turmoil. And If I’m honest, I’ve spent many nights reading the news filling myself with anxiety. Some people are happy with election results,others are furious. Some have lost businesses, others have lost loved ones. Last year brought great division to our nation. Regardless of what side of the political aisle you fall on, it’s difficult to watch the destruction occurring in our county and not become disheartened. And if you are a parent like myself, I imagine you’ve spent a night or two wondering what kind of a world your child will grow up in. The world is changing right before our eyes, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
I would like to offer you some encouragement.
As a Christian, my hope is not found within a president, a government, or anything else this world has to offer. My hope is found in the Lord. I do not need to fear the future nor the world my children will grow up in. In Daniel 2:21, God tells us that “He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” In the midst of all last year brought, God is still in control. He knows the past, and He knows the days that are to come. In fact, He has ordained them to be. He has also ordained the very children we raise to exist at this very moment in time. In my worry, I need not turn to a political ideology. Instead I can turn to God and find truth. Psalm 119:160 says “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” I am comforted to know that if I fix my eyes on Christ I can have joy and peace in the midst of great trials. I can know the truth even when it seems nowhere to be found in this world.
In 2021, I am going to fix my eyes on the Lord and teach my children to do the same.
If you know the Living Lord, I hope this serves as a reminder of the hope we have in Christ! We can turn to Him with our concerns, and He will hear us. Psalm 34:17 tells us ”The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.” How remarkable is that? I can bring my fears, frustration, and anxiety to God. In return, He can provide peace that passes understanding.
We do not need to fear what the year 2021 or 2031 will bring. Place your hope in the Lord and you will have nothing to fear. If you want to know more about this God and the hope He freely offers, reach out and I would love to talk with you.