A Promise for the New Year

Exodus 33:14
And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Hebrews 13:5
. . . be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

It was frightening. Standing before the nearly closed door, all I could see was a little bit of light inside. I had no idea who or what lay beyond the door. I was young and had I been totally alone I would have been scared to death, but the fact that my father was there beside me was all the reassurance that I needed. When an elderly face appeared before us, my father took my hand and led me forward to a place and a family I’d never seen before. And everything was ok because he was by my side.

Standing at the threshold of a brand new year, we have only a glimpse of what lies ahead of us. Good health or sickness? Gladness or heartache? Financial security or financial setbacks? That uncertainty can be frightening and unsettling, but knowing that our Heavenly Father is standing always beside us can give us courage to face the future with peace and hope.

In moments of despair, confusion, fear or doubt, take His hand. Remember the promise of His abiding presence. Relax in His power over all the obstacles. Rejoice in His provision for your every need.

Lord, as I step into this new year, help me remember always that You are by my side and that your presence will go with me every step of the way. Give me strength to persevere when trials come my way. Give me grace to forgive when I am hurt and offended. Give me joy to share with others who need someone to walk beside them.

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2006

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