Here we are, the week after Christmas and everyone is getting ready for New Years. It’s really amazing to me how fast 2016 has gone by, and in just a couple of days 2017 will be here. Wow!
One thing seems to always happen during this week, at least for some people, is the experience of “feeling the blues” once Christmas is over and the time period of waiting for New Years to arrive. For some people, no matter how hard they try to prepare themselves for this week, there’s just no stopping those feelings that come.
Think about it, we’ve been so hyped up for a couple of months now with holiday excitement. As soon as November 1st hits we get cranked up for Thanksgiving. The truth is that many people are preparing for Christmas even before Thanksgiving is over. I’m guilty of that too. This past Thanksgiving Day my wife woke up to find me hanging Christmas lights on the outside of the house so they would be ready to light up that night.
For many people like me, Christmas is their favorite time of the year, and that means much of your life goes into it. When it’s over, it can be sad to so many people. I will say, usually the people who “feel the blues” during this last week of the year are much better once the actual new year rolls around. It’s a very interesting thing to ponder.
With all of this said, I am reminded of the encouraging words that Moses gave to the children of Israel during a time of transition. Here in Deuteronomy 31:8 we read, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” This is a great reminder for those who are Christ-followers. As you prepare for the transition from 2016 to 2017 realize was Moses was saying about God to God’s children.
First, the Lord goes before you. God is working ahead of your schedule and knows everything for your future. Second, “He will be with you” means that we are never alone for God is always present with us. Third, God will “never leave you nor forsake you”, so we know that His presence with us will never not be. What a great truth to know. Since we have this encouragement and exhortation we do not have “to be afraid or be discouraged”. To be afraid means we fear, and God does not want His children to live in fear. We don’t have to be discouraged because God is the One in control and holds the world in His hands.
So, my hope is that this promise in Deuteronomy 31:8 will bring you encouragement today as we think about the greatness of God and how that greatness overflows to the life of the one who knows God personally. Remember, don’t worry about the future as long as you know personally the One who holds your future ( God ).