03 Feb

As we anticipate the year 2016, much change and even more insecurity are in the air. We will be electing new national leadership, international affairs are in turmoil, our family units are re-arranging, and our bodies are changing.

God offers us many securities in the midst of the unknown. It is our comfort and joy that our God and Savior knows what has happened in the past, what is happening now, and what will happen in the near and far futures. He controls it all, and it is wonderful to know that His presence is with us in joy and in hardship. He is with us and we are with Him.

Jehovah-Nissi means “The Lord is my banner. I always win.” God carries His banner – the victory of His presence and His love – before and after us. What security we have in Jehovah-Nissi, knowing that as we walk in the shadow of His banner, we are protected and the evil one is defeated in our lives. He also goes after us, making sure that we are constantly in His shadow. He is constantly in front of us and behind us. All we have to do is walk in faith. He has covered, protected, and surrounded us with His spirit as we live day to day.

God gives us more security in Isaiah 43:13. “No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” What God has decreed may not be comfortable to us, but we are His people, and He gives us favor. His favor may come through physical blessings or in the spiritual nature, according to our needs. We can be certain, though, that He honors our faith, and that He favors us by holding us in His hand. NO ONE can take us from our Savior’s hand!

The third security God offers is found in Isaiah 43:4. “Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I LOVE YOU, …”
Because He loves us…
God loves us – He sees His people – you and me – as precious and honored, AND He loves us. As we put our love relationship with God above our relationships with people, He fills us with His spirit, presence, strength, and peace. Then we are more able to love the people in our lives the way He loves us. We are able to accept their ways, knowing that our human efforts are not perfect. Human love becomes more of an enjoyment than a necessity. We are blessed!

May you enjoy the peace of God’s love and His protective Hand around you as you experience today and all the tomorrows and of 2016.

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