Devotion and Prayer for Week of December 29, 2013

Meditation for the week December 29, 2013

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


As incredible as it may seem, yes, twelve months have passed and here we are once again standing at the threshold of a brand new year.   What will 2014 hold for us?  What will the New Year bring?  We might assume that 2014 will not be that much different than 2013.  Most of us will probably still live in the same place.  We will probably have the same job, or, if we are retired, we will still find our schedules more full than when we were working. If that’s the case then we pretty much know what to expect.
Then again, we could be totally wrong.  The coming year could look nothing like 2013.  We might face all sorts of new challenges and changes.  Will we have good health or sickness? Gladness or heartache?  Financial security or financial setbacks?  Who knows?  The reality is that we have no idea what the future holds and that level uncertainty can be both frightening and unsettling.
However, while we might be uncertain as to what exactly lies in the months ahead, our lives are far from uncertain.  As Christians, we have the certainty of knowing that our God is standing always beside us.  He is fully present in our lives to give us courage to face the future with peace and hope no matter what life brings our way. In truth, our Lord is the one constant we have in our lives.  He is the sure thing to which we can cling.  And, as the author of Hebrews puts it he has made to us a sure and certain promise, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee.”
How tremendous is this promise for us in this world filled with constant change.  Our God who does not change and in whom lays all the power of the universe has sworn to stay right by our side as we go through an uncertain future.  He has promised to provide for us a solid footing on what is often shaky ground that we might not be overcome with the worries of this world.  He promises to be with us and to remind us that he holds our lives in his gracious and merciful hands.
And yet, we should not think of his promised presence as some sort of mystical, vapor-like, ghostly presence that we must somehow “feel” in our hearts.  No, his presence is much more real to us than that.  Through his Word he is always there for us.  He is as close to you as the pages of your bible.  Imagine that, if your bible is small enough, you can carry God with you everywhere you go!  He is also tangibly there in his Supper for us.  In, with and under that morsel of bread and that sip of wine our Lord promises to come to us, to forgive us and to strengthen us in our faith to live each day for him.  He is in this meal real enough for us to touch.
So, whether 2014 brings us good or ill, our Lord Jesus is there by our side.  Really, he is.  This he has promised and while the future may be unsure, his love for us is sure; demonstrated by his death on the cross as proof that we are so valuable to him that he was willing to taste death for us.  Our Lord who is willing to do that will not soon abandon us.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.


Our Weekly Prayer

Lord God, as the new year approaches, move us to remember that you hold our lives in your hands and that no matter what the year might bring, we can always find peace and comfort in your promises, for in Christ Jesus you have assured us that you will never leave us nor forsake us.  In Jesus name.  Amen.