WHAT NOW?

Est 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

 

WHAT A YEAR WE HAVE HAD!  NO ONE ENTERING 2020 WOULD HAVE SEEN THE EVENTS THAT HAVE UNFOLDED THIS YEAR.  WE HAVE SEEN THE UNPREDICTABLE.  AS WE BEGIN OUR NEW ADVENTURE NAMED 2021, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER:

FIRST, WE SHOULD GLEAN THE LESSONS LEARNED IN THIS STRANGE YEAR.  WE HAVE LEARNED THAT WE CANNOT PREDICT THE FUTURE.  WE HAVE SEEN THE WISEST CONFUSED.  WE HAVE EXPERIENCED FRUSTRATION AND ANXIETY.  OUR HEALTH HAS BEEN PUT IN A RISKY ENVIRONMENT.  OUR LIFESTYLE HAS BEEN ALTERED TIME AND TIME AGAIN.  IT CERTAIN THAT NOTHING SEEMS CERTAIN.  OUR DEPENDENCE ON HEAVEN HAS INCREASED BECAUSE WE HAVE NO POWER TO CHANGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES.  BOY, WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF LESSONS THIS YEAR.

SECOND, WE MUST PREPARE FOR THIS NEW YEAR.  WE KNOW NOW THAT WE CANNOT PREDICT WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE.  WE CANNOT AFFORD TO ASSUME THAT THINGS WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL IN A SHORT TIME.  WE MUST LIVE BY FAITH.  FAITH IN THE POWER OF GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY AND PROVIDENCE.  WE SHOULD REST IN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE COME THIS FAR BY FAITH AND THAT WE WILL CONTINUE VICTORIOUS THROUGH THE SAME FAITH.  WHEN OUR LOOK IS HEAVENWARD, WE WILL NOT LIVE IN THE FRUSTRATION OF POWERLESSNESS.  WE KNOW THAT HE HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL.  WE CAN REST IN THAT.

THIRD, WE MUST BE READY FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT DEVELOP IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES.  ESTHER LIVED IN THE UNEXPECTED.  ALL OF A SUDDEN, SHE WAS THE QUEEN!  EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR HER.  THEN ANOTHER CHANGE.  HER COUSIN, MORDECAI, DROPPED ANOTHER ISSUE INTO HER LIFE.  IT WAS TIME TO TAKE ACTION IN AN UNCERTAIN WAY.  HER CHALLENGE IS NOT UNLIKE OURS.  WE MUST BE READY TO SERVE GOD.  WE MUST BE READY TO DO HIS WILL NO MATTER THE COST.  OUR CHALLENGE IS TO LIVE A LIFE AVAILABLE TO GOD IN EVERY SITUATION!

LET THIS NEW YEAR BE OUR BEST!

David