Thank God for 2020

Because of 2020 people have realised that there is nothing certain in this world.
Because of 2020 people have realised that politicians and scientists do not have all the answers.
Because of 2020 many people have realised that they have a big God-shaped hole in their life.

It is better to trust in the Lord than put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

[Psalm 118:8,9]

If anyone had told you that in 2020:-

  • It would be illegal for you to take a walk;
  • That your friends would refuse to shake hands with you;
  • That capital city streets would be deserted on weekday afternoons;
  • That it would be acceptable to put on a mask before going into a bank;
  • That amusement parks would be locked shut in the height of the holiday season;
  • That pubs and restaurants would have no customers during the Christmas season;
  • That highly skilled well-paid people would be accepting jobs as manual labourers;
  • That churches would be closed by law; funerals and weddings policed to restrict attendees; and singing would be ‘strongly discouraged’;
  • Etc, etc, etc,…

If I had told you any this last year: YOU WOULD HAVE LAUGHED IN MY FACE!!!

No one is laughing now!

Your future has never been so uncertain.
You are not in control of anything.

Before you head out into the unknown of 2021, ponder this question: ‘How can I enjoy any confidence in my future without knowing God?’
Because: you don’t know what tomorrow may bring, let alone next week, or next month.
Who will you trust when the totally unforeseeable happens, again?

Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself.  Then every plan you make will succeed.  The Lord works everything together to accomplish his purpose.  [Proverbs 16:3,4]

Do not despair

If you make the decision to put your trust in God, you will enjoy a meaningful life regardless of how uncertain this world may be.
It is God who gives you hope when the darkness of this world threatens you.
It is knowing God that will give you joy when despair is all around you.
Trusting in God is the best way to secure your future in this uncertain world.

God demands perfection (which we naturally are not!).
Jesus Christ took all the blame and punishment for your sin when he was killed on the cross; only by accepting Jesus as your personal saviour can you be made acceptable to God.
Through his execution, burial and resurrection, Jesus has defeated death, giving you a true eternal hope.
Surrender to the will of God and the leadership of Jesus, then whatever may happen, you will always be able to confidently declare: “I am blessed!”

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions.
With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make.
Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.
Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong; then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for.
Glorify God with all your wealth, honouring him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you.
Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy!

[Proverbs 3:5-10]

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