faith: trusting god with the new year

By Kay Owen-Larson, PhD, Crossroads Ministries USA

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

As we leave 2020 and look forward to a new year, let’s remember that God’s love is unchanging! So, no matter how difficult this year has been, let’s focus on God, who he is and what he means in our lives.

As you enter the new year, ponder the following additional names, titles, metaphors and descriptors of Jesus. Think about what each name means in the situations you may find yourself in this year. You’ll find that he is sufficient for every circumstance—large or small.

Advocate, Alpha and Omega, Author and Perfecter of our Faith, Beloved, Branch, Bread of Life, Bridegroom, Bright and Morning Star, Chief Shepherd, Chief Cornerstone, Christ the Lord, Christ the Wisdom of God, Christ the Son of God, Counselor, Dayspring, Day Star, Deliverer, Door, Faithful and True, First Begotten, First Born of the Dead, Foundation, Fountain, Friend of Sinners, Good Master, Head of the Church, Heir of All Things, High Priest, Holy One, Horn of Salvation, I Am, Image of God, Immanuel, Judge, King of the Jews, King of Kings, King of Glory, King of Zion, Lamb of God, Light of the World, Light to the Gentiles, Living Bread, Living Stone, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Lord of Lords, Lord of All, Lord of Glory, Lord, Strong and Mighty, Master, Mediator, Messiah, Mighty God, Offspring of David, Passover, Physician, Precious Cornerstone, Prince of Peace, Rabbi, Redeemer, Resurrection and Life, Rock, Root of David, Savior, Servant, Son of God, Son of Man, Stone, Sure Foundation, Teacher, Truth, Vine, Way, Wisdom, Wonderful, Word Became Flesh.

You might want to look up each name and see the context in which they were given. I pray you’ll be blessed as you discover anew all that Jesus can mean in your life. This new year will be one that gives us the opportunity to draw close to him, seek his face, trust him and sing praises to him as never before. 

As we press into the new year, remember the words of Paul in Philippians 3:13-14, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind…I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” 

Because this is a new year, we can start with a clean slate—the opportunity to put our trust in him! Does this imply perfection, that we will never fail? No, but we can approach 2021 with the same attitude as that of the Apostle Paul: “I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I have not learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.” (Philippians 3:12, TLB).

May the Lord bless you as we journey into 2021 together.


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