I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say that 2020 has been a strange year! In fact, I’m almost certain that none of us could have imagined how things would unfold just 12 short months ago. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard news about murder hornets invading our continent, a dust cloud blowing across the Atlantic Ocean and making its way to Florida, protests (not just in the U.S., but in other parts of the world), earthquakes, and wildfires. In times like these, when sadness, loss, and strangeness overwhelm us, it’s easy to become disillusioned and to surrender our hope. However, I want to encourage you today to remember that God is still at work, and that He is doing big things in the lives of His people to empower them to impact the world. When the devil presses in hard to discourage, it means there is a lot at stake, and it’s more important than ever not to lose heart. Satan is the author of chaos and confusion, but the Lord always brings order from disorder, and while earthly powers want you to believe that evil is prevailing, the Rock of your Salvation stands strong and immovable. God hasn’t shifted, and these times don’t frighten Him. Even better, He invites you to hold to His steady hand so He can continue His good work in your life, despite what’s happening around you.
My friend, you are in a season of preparation! While society is engulfed in a cloud of negativity, your soul is anchored in Jesus Christ, so you can confidently move forward knowing that He is with you. In fact, the trials you are experiencing today are forging strength, courage, and fortitude in your spirit so you can become the person He needs you to be to carry out His future call. The battle isn’t over, but the war has been won. Jesus has triumphed, and that’s all you need to know. Root your life in His love, maintain confidence in His character, and you will surely see His goodness prevail!