Last week I wrote about 3 things God gives us strength for. This week I wish to complete that thought.

As thy days, so shall thy strength shall be. –Deuteronomy 33:25, KJV

Our God is a promise keeper. We may be confident that He will keep His promise completely.

He is the God who goes before His people providing strength for each day. Many times, we tend to limit our thinking to the knowledge that God’s presence goes with us as we go through life. That’s a fact, but it’s only part of the story. He’s not only with us now, He’s already way up the road ahead of us. Think about it this way: while we struggle with the problems of today, God is hard at work providing solutions for the things we are going to face tomorrow.

God is at Work

He’s already there, working creatively in situations we have yet to face, preparing them for us and us for them. God is already at work providing solutions for problems we don’t even know we have yet! Are you worried about next week? Forget it. He’s already there. How about June or September? Don’t sweat it. He’s already there. Need to find a new job? He’s on it. What about that crucial meeting next week? Sleep well. He’s already there. What about that tough decision that looms ahead of you? Fear not. He’s already there. That’s why this promise is true:

As thy days, so shall thy strength shall be.

While we are slogging our way through this week, God is already in February stockpiling the strength we need so that when we get there, we’ve got what we need. And plenty more besides.

Remember, God will not put us in an unbearable situation in 2021 without providing a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). But He may put us in a situation that seems unbearable so that we will turn to Him. God does not give His strength in advance but only when needed. Each day this year we each will have what we need. Therefore, we may head into this new year with confidence, hope, and joy.  Three marks of a disciple of Jesus ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy. A disciple is a person who is:

  • Completely fearless
  • Continually cheerful
  • Constantly in trouble

Most of us have that last part down pat. When we are fearless and cheerful even in the midst of our daily troubles, it is then the world takes us seriously because the world simply cannot live this way. It is the presence of joy and the absence of fear that convinces others that we truly have something special—know the Lord. We cannot succeed this year without Jesus, but with Him by our side we can face whatever may come with confidence and with joy.

Welcome 2021!

 

PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for other 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.