“But on that day, I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.” (Exodus 8:22, ESV).
New Year’s Eve 2020 had my attention. I no longer feel the need to stay awake until midnight to ring in the new year. When the ball drops in New York at 9 p.m. (PST), that’s good enough for me… usually! This year, well, let’s just say I wasn’t so much interested in the arrival of a new year but the departure of the old one.
What’s a little amusing is that I think some people thought the arrival of 2021 would bring an automatic reset; COVID-19 would be a thing of the past, and we could all somehow awaken from what has become a nightmare for us all. One could only hope!
As I prayed about direction for the new year, I sensed the Lord saying it would be, “A year of overcoming.” I spent some time processing and praying over that idea and what it might mean going forward. There is still so much uncertainty in our nation, with an election still formally undecided, the Georgia Senate runoffs about to take place January 6 and the control of the Senate hanging in the balance.
I have, however, felt for some time that God is right in the middle of everything going on in our nation, and is working continually, resetting and restructuring many things concerning us, from churches to the economy, the political spectrum, and even the international picture. I believe it may appear uncertain at times, but he knows exactly what He’s doing. Of primary importance, He has awakened the church to pray, repent and seek His face more than at any other time in my lifetime. And this is what will make all the difference! When God’s people pray and believe, miracles take place. After all, the direction of our nation and many of our freedoms are at stake.
While it is important that we continue to pray fervently, here is what we know about the Lord. For those in relationship with Him, there is supernatural protection, provision and power available and present, just as Israel, living in the land of Goshen in Egypt experienced. While God dealt with the nation of Egypt with plagues under pharaoh, His people lived completely safe from harm. While the plague of darkness covered Egypt, light shined down on Goshen. While flies, hail, frogs and all the rest plagued Egypt, God’s people didn’t have to be concerned.
For those of you concerned about what may come in 2021, know this: for those in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, we will only have to stand in confident faith in God. He will fight for you and overcome every obstacle!
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today… The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Exodus 14:13-14, ESV).
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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