As this year closes and the dawn of the new year is on the horizon may we all be thankful for the support, protection, and love the Lord has showered upon us as we look back on 2015. I know that sometimes it did not seem like He was even in the same universe because we were walking in a deep valley. However if you remember in Psalms 23 the verse: Yeah thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou are with me. Thy rod and staff they comfort me. The Lord does not say that our lives will be peaches and cream. What He does say is that He will never leave us as we deal with what life throws at us. He is there to draw strength, endurance, hope, mercy, compassion, and love from His mighty coffers. By allowing adversity into our lives our faith will either grow deeper in Him or we allow it to be choked out by the worries of the world.
As when Jesus walked the earth, Satan will throw everything he is allowed to, to get us to stumble and fall. We may stumble, we may fall, however the strength is there to pick ourselves back up and put on the armor of God to face the enemy as the Lord’s angels come along side us to help fight the battle.
As we enter 2016 may we remember to keep the joy of the Lord in our hearts, know that it is the Lord who is ultimately in control not Satan and those who wish us ill. May we share this knowledge, strength, love, and mercy with all those the Lord brings into our lives. Draw strength from reading the Bible, prayer, edifying from others as we edify them, draw love and mercy from the sacrifice of what Christ Jesus did to give us the gift of salvation so we can become one of God’s children. Remember the cross and the tomb is empty. Death has been paid. Rejoice in knowing God’s children will spend eternity in the glory of the Lord.