A somewhat delayed Happy New Year
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
In Canada, we just received an announcement that our schools are on lockdown again until the 25th of January 2021. Honestly, we weren't too surprised by the news. The COVID numbers in Ontario rise daily and more and more people we are close to or know have gotten positive test results. The news of second waves and infection rates should send fear shooting like arrows into our very souls. But God. On a daily basis, we as human beings are faced with hardships and challenges, possibly even in form of trying to teach your busy grade 1 how to read (Yes, Moms I feel your pain, been there, doing that,) and some days we are overwhelmed by the sheer scope of circumstances surrounding us. We may even ask Where is God? What is He doing? Why is He allowing this to happen? . It's times like these that our faith is tested, those promises we were so sure of are questioned and our hope seems to dwindle. And yet there is hope. The hope that God in all His sovereignty is in control, the hope that even though we can't see it God is still working, and the hope that when we feel totally alone He is with us. Let us hold onto verses like:
Phillippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Yes, even teach.)
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 10:32 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
God has not abandoned us nor does He watch us suffer from afar. He is here, He is present and He still loves us.
Have a Happy New Year and God bless you.