Devotional for Thursday December 31st

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “You made it!”
 
As I write this it is New Years Eve 2020, the last day of what turned out to be an extremely difficult year. The COVID 19 pandemic and all of its associated issues have caused untold hardship and stress on all of us. In addition to the sickness, death, inconveniences, and the economic hardships caused by the pandemic, there was the social unrest, the nasty political season we just went through, and all of the unique individual personal issues each of us also had in our lives. 2020 was a tough year.
 
But we made it! Here we are at the last day of the year and we’re ready to move into 2021. That’s something to celebrate. I have full confidence that 2021 is going to be better and brighter than 2020, and I’m looking forward to it. I hope you are too.
 
Isaiah 46:4 is one of my personal life verses and it’s one that brings me great comfort. It speaks of how God guides us and carries us through the days of our lives, leading us to all of the tomorrows He has for us. And when we get to tomorrow, He will already be there waiting for us, and He will guide, protect, and provide then just as He has in the past. I’ve actually rewritten that verse in order to make it more personal for me. In “The Bible according to Jim” that verse reads: “Even to your old age and gray hairs, Jim, I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I will sustain you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
 
There’s another verse I love which is also very appropriate as we approach the New Year, and it goes hand-in-hand with the truth expressed in Isaiah 46:4. It comes from the pen of the Apostle Paul and is found in Philippians 3:13-14, “… one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
 
The reason we can leave the past in the past and stride forward into the future with confidence and boldness (as Philippians 3:13-14 describes), is precisely because Isaiah 46:4 is true. God watches over us, He cares for us, He protects us, and He provides for us. That has been true in the past and it will continue to be true in the future.
 
2020 is over and you made it! I encourage you to celebrate that fact, and then get ready for a great 2021!
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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