Our Bible verse for today: “Do not fear; for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus will be with you in 2019”
Throughout Christmas we have celebrated the great truth of “Immanuel – God is with us.” That was certainly true from the time of the birth of Jesus and then on throughout His thirty-three years on earth, but it has never stopped being true since then.
In Isaiah 41:10 we read an Old Testament promise that was written approximately 750 years before the birth of Jesus. It was spoken by God, through the prophet Isaiah, to His people, the nation of Israel. It was a general promise that God would watch over them, protect them, and provide for them. That was true for them in a big-picture general way, but it’s also a promise that was fulfilled through Christ in a very distinct and personal way for each of us individually.
In Matthew 28:20, just before He ascended back into heaven, Jesus promised His followers: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In Hebrews 13:5 He said, “I will never leave you or abandon you.”
As you prepare your mind and heart for a New Year, and as you consider what the New Year might hold for you, remember that not only will Jesus be with you every step of the way, but also you will never enter into any situation where Jesus is not already there. In Deuteronomy 31:8, as Moses was preparing to hand over the mantle of leadership to Joshua so Joshua could then lead the people forward into the Promised Land, Moses said to him:
“The Lord is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
What was true for Joshua and the nation of Israel is even truer for you, the disciple of His Son Jesus – wherever you go, God will already be there. More than just going with you, and more than just never leaving you, wherever you go, when you get there He will already be there waiting for you. He will have prepared the way for you and He will have good things waiting for you.
I hope the reality of what Jesus did for us at Christmas gives you hope and assurance about what waits for you in the New Year. Jesus is with you now, and He will be with you in 2019.