Posted by: glorifyhim1 | January 1, 2019

Facing the New Year with Confidence

Facing the New Year with Confidence

 

“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

(1 Peter 5:10, NKJV)

 

It’s that time again – time to begin a brand new year! I’ve always enjoyed looking forward to that fresh slate of 365 days, undoubtedly, with the desire to get it right this time. Yet, before the first page on the calendar is turned, it, too, is often stained with hardships or mistakes, missed opportunities or failures, and various troubles that we all face in this world.

 

None of us are exempt from trouble in this world. As Jesus told His disciples before He departed: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). The book of 1 Peter is a letter that the Apostle Peter wrote to Christians living in Asia Minor. These Christians were facing persecution and many difficulties as they tried to live for God. Peter wanted to encourage them, to help them keep on doing what was right, and to remind them of the eternal reward that Christ had already secured for every believer.

 

The book of 1 Peter can be an encouragement to believers today as well. Peter tried to help the Christians expect and understand their suffering. He called them to live holy lives, not returning evil for evil. Peter reminded them of the example we have in Jesus, who suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins. And he reminded them: “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” (5:10).

 

We will face trouble and persecution in this world, but we can face this new year with confidence. As we commit ourselves to God, follow Him, and trust Him in all things, we can be assured that He will not abandon us. He works in us and through us as He…

 

  • Perfects us – mends our brokenness
  • Establishes us – helps us stay steady and secure in an insecure, unstable world
  • Strengthens us – gives us strength, builds us up, helps us succeed in His work
  • Settles us – helps us to remain steadfast

 

1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast “all your care upon Him (God), for He cares for you.” God cares for us! He will walk with us through the valley. He will strengthen us in our battles. He will carry our burdens and cares.

 

As I set off on this new year with all the blank days yet to be written, I rejoice in the wonder that God is with me – no matter the difficulty, no matter the pain, no matter what I face this year – “may the God of all grace, who has called me to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after I have suffered awhile, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle me.” And may I “be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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