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January 4, 2021

Hold On, Help is on the Way

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

When did what we knew as “normal” disappear and change to what we have been experiencing since earlier last year? We are bombarded by the strife and turmoil that plague the news airwaves regularly. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about its own horrific challenges resulting in extreme illness for some, to, unfortunately, the passing of countless others. Injustices, that, truth-be-told, have existed since Cain killed Able and have continued to a greater degree, throughout the ages. This will continue until the Lord returns. . . . But the story does not end there.

The Good News is and always will be Jesus! Just the mention of His name brings hope and joy to the heart of those who believe. Hallelujah! But what about all those individuals who have yet to hear the story of the risen Savior? What about our neighbors and brothers and sisters in our families, and our communities who are seeking for something, anything, better than the existence they now live? We are reminded in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Help is on the way!

Daniel is a strong testament to the help God can provide to a faithful praying servant (Daniel 6:1‒28).

God’s promises are true and sure and have stood the test of time. Surely, if we were to stop and survey all that we see as wrong in this life, we would throw up our hands up, give in to fear and give up. But we have a God who sees and knows all. Think about it. Who brought you or a loved one through that surgery or illness?  Or maybe God brought you through a divorce or showed you how to make sense of your marriage. He was instrumental in showing you how to forgive yourself and lose the guilt that had encompassed your feelings. Whatever the case may be, there are blessings to be found everywhere, just look! (The joy of the Lord is your strength.)

His hand is upon His people wherever they go and whatever they do. The love of God is unsurpassed! John 3:16 confirms that fact. (For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him . . . (KJV) He continues to fight our battles every single day with the sword of truth and the shield of salvation. Praise God! His help is on the way!

So here we are, by His grace, beginning a new year. Where do you stand in your Christian walk? In your prayer life? Are your prayers sincere, deliberate communication each time you lift your voice to the Father? He hears all prayers and knows the true desires of your heart. Talk to Him, trust Him, and take Him at His word. He does not fail, ever! Let Him be your rock and your fortress, your very best friend, your everything. Let’s continue praying for each other all the way to Glory, one prayer at a time!

Paulette Taylor, Prayer coordinator, Indiana Conference