Today is inauguration day. It is a day of new beginnings.
Some are in great fear today. They have no hope for the future. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the hope of every believer and anyone willing to trust Christ as Savior and Lord.
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. (Psalm 39:7)
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (Psalm 42:5)
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: (Psalm 146:5)
When Joshua was getting ready to lead the nation of Israel into the Promised Land, He gave the people this challenge.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:6-9)
God gives us hope and that hope is found in the Bible. As we go through this new beginning we must be “…strong and of a good courage:” Joshua challenged the people to meditate on God’s word. He told them not to be afraid or dismayed. Why? “The Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” He is with us today.
Proverbs 15:3 states,” The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
To alleviate all fears, do this. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001