“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23
Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022! Hasn’t this year been a whirlwind of complexity and difficulty? From the pandemic crisis, inflation, the threat of the Taliban, to the civil war in Ethiopia and the migration crisis throughout North America.
But there have also been many positive events and breakthroughs. For example, a new malaria vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), which will prevent tens of thousands of deaths annually. The COVID-19 vaccines have become more efficient. Moreover, the NASA rover successfully landed on Mars and collected it’s first rock samples; this will lead to new scientific discoveries in Astronomy and astrophysics.
Whether the world goes through positive breakthroughs or crises, the Lord is still in control. His love, grace, and mercies are new every morning. His steadfast promises will not be halted by a new year. Doesn’t this simple truth bring about an amazing comfort to the soul?
In our kitchen, we have a wooden, rustic sign that reads: “His mercies are new every morning.” It is a simple reminder to me that no matter how difficult life gets, Jesus will never leave me or forsake me. He is my rock and redeemer. The Lord is the strength and protector of my life—every day and every year.
This year has been tough. I was on the trajectory towards becoming a physician and that halted quickly after my first semester of medical school. I dropped out and decided to pursue an alternative path in real estate. I got my license in May and have been fairly successful, closing 7 deals over the last 6 months.
However, my change in occupation identity has led to depression and confusion about what the Lord really wants me to do in life. From being a full-time pastor, to medical school, and now selling real estate is quite a change in duties and responsibilities.
But I also count my many blessings. My wife and I welcomed our precious son, Nolan James, into the world on April 2nd, 2021. My two older sons have done very well in school, getting straight A’s and both achieving green belt statuses in Taekwondo. And my wife passed her NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse and found a job she loves at a local hospital.
No matter the good, the bad, or the ugly, God is still in control. His mercies are new every morning. Even when we are unfaithful, God remains faithful. Despite our failures and inconsistencies, God remains consistent and unchanging.
This year, if you haven’t already, put your trust in faith in Jesus. Allow Him to change your life by repenting of your sins and asking for forgiveness. Acts 2:38 states: “Repent, and be baptized, everyone in the name of Jesus, for the forgiveness of sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The Bible further states, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Salvation is a free gift. There is nothing you can do to earn your salvation. For all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We can’t earn our way to heaven. For our sins are many, and we deserve the wrath of God. But God, rich in mercy, sent his son Jesus to die on our behalf. When you trust in the atoning sacrifice of Christ alone for salvation, you will receive justification and eternal life. Isn’t this wonderful news? Praise be to God.
Many thanks for your post. I thought I ought to pick you up re your comment on vaccines. Your post was over a year ago now, and I do not know what you may have become aware of.
However, whilst I used to think vaccines were of some use, I changed my mind in 2020 after 2 months solid research during lockdown whilst on furlough. Vaccines are an evil deceit of Satan via big pharma. They are part of the reason why the health of so many in the USA etc. is so poor.
This is my research on the matter which I recommend you consider very seriously. I will use humour to lighten the mood and help make the points. I am not PC.
Kind regards to you and your family from my wife and I.
Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you.