Trusting God in the New Year

on December 30, 2020

To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark─that is faith.
Charles Spurgeon

Most of us would agree 2020 was a doozie of a year. Over the holidays, I have given a lot of thought to trusting God and keeping the flames of faith burning bright in 2021. Staying faithful to the Lord is one way to prepare for the new challenges coming this year.

A simple way to stay faithful is to apply biblical scripture as our guide and not our thoughts and impulses. God wants us to ask for help. Self-sufficiency is one of the most challenging urges to release. Faithfulness can only come when we fully trust the Lord to guide us.

Our culture has taught us to stand on our own two feet, but God’s Word tells us to have an attitude of humility and surrender to His will and guidance.

Before I became a Christ-follower, I always wanted to be right or in charge. I was guilty of trying to push my ideas on someone else. After several attempts to fix my unhealthy behavior, I couldn’t, until…sixteen years ago. That’s when I decided to trust Christ to change me. Today, I find myself more open-minded if someone has a different opinion or disagrees with me.

Last November, I lost my precious mother. The truth of God’s Word in 1 Corinthians 2:9 has helped me to keep going. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” Trusting God gave me comfort in letting her go to her eternal home where, unlike here on earth, suffering and pain never enters. Trusting Him brings meaning into our lives─ no matter what challenges we face.

The New Year will bring numerous choices. Choosing to stay faithful to Jesus can change the outcome for us. Below are three ways to heighten our faith.

  • Commit to quality time with the Lord. Communicate your needs, soak in His love. Allow the still small voice to speak to you in various ways.
  • Pray before reading the Bible. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the scriptures and apply them to everyday life. The Word will strengthen your relationship with God, self, and others.
  • Find a safe avenue to fellowship with other believers who help you stay faithful to how the Bible explains a way to live. A way to love.

God knows our future. He is our light in the dark. Right now, I’m praying that God will remind you that He is in control. May His grace and strength keep us faithful in trusting Him with the New Year.

Thoughts for the Day:
Challenges in life will never cease, but faith will sustain us.

Join in the conversation:
How can you encourage others to trust in God?
What steps might you take to heighten your faith in the year ahead?

4 thoughts on “Trusting God in the New Year”

  1. Diane Clark says:

    I loved “Choosing to stay faithful to Jesus can change the outcome for us” and “soak in His love.” Sometimes I forget or neglect to make Jesus my steering wheel, not the back seat driver. How about you? The world teaches that people who lean on Jesus or others are weak. Instead, believers know that it is He that makes us strong. Having a network of Christian friends to seek wise counsel or encouragement is also a gift from God. They’re our “Jesus with skin on.” If you have some friends, call, text, or email them today and acknowledge their presence in your life. What is it in your life that you can surrender control of yet today?

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Diane, you do the journey well. I check myself daily for self-importance. Pridefullness is a weak area in my life. Thank’s for stopping in and leaving a comment. That means a lot to me. Many blessings for the New Year.

  2. Jeannie Waters says:

    Linda, your “Thought for the Day” and other words and encouraging and uplifting as we face a new year. Your three ways to “heighten our faith” are basic but points for which we need reminders. Thank you!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Hi Jeannie,
      I appreciate your comments. May our Lord pour out many blessings to you and yours in 2021.

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