As we enter a new year, we realize that last year is history and the coming year is a mystery. We do not know what the coming year will bring. We live in turbulent times — politically, morally, financially, and socially. Only God knows what the new year will bring. That is why we must stick courageously with Jesus and His word.

When we dwell with Him and on Him and allow ourselves to draw near to Him, we can rest in His shadow. We can rest with Him near because He is our refuge and our fortress, our hiding place, our protection, and our defense. He is our God, in whom we trust.

Certainly the new year will have its share of problems for each of us and that is all the more reason to have the courage to stay close to God. We should approach problems with a light touch. If we focus on a situation too intensely, we can lose sight of God. Our mind gears up for battle and we feel we have to conquer problems immediately. That is the anxious way of the world. But there is a better way and that is to have the courage to take our problems to the Master of the universe and look at our situation in the light of His presence. In this world there will always be trouble, but Jesus said, “_… take heart, I have overcome the world” _(John 16:33).

As we face the year ahead, may we have the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, and the courage to stand by our Christian convictions.

Lord God, in the midst of a problem-cluttered world, help me to overcome the world by having the courage to align my heart with you. Amen.


Is there a problem that you are rushing to solve? Make sure to bring it before God in prayer for wisdom and guidance. Then receive God’s peace to help you move forward.

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