Come sit for a moment on God’s mercy seat with me. Let’s have a chat.
Every new year is filled with fresh hope and potential. The slate is clear because we’ve conquered the previous year, wrapped it up and sent it off like a rocket of memories to the stars during our festive celebrations. It’s wonderful to feel and behold.
Then suddenly, we wake up a week or two into the new year realizing that the difficulties of life we were struggling with did not disappear with the celebration. Perhaps they have even become amplified. Now life is a bit overwhelming and just plain hard! What do we do with it all?
I say we look to God’s Word for some help. Jesus had hopes and difficulties while He successfully moved through more than thirty New Years as a man on Earth. And in His infinite wisdom He calls to us:
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28 NASV)
Read that promise twice. Doesn’t that truth feel so good? Now picture yourself gathering up all the stress from the trials that have carried over from last year and from the pressure to succeed this new year, and just lay them down in front of this beautiful mercy seat. Just allow that wonderful peace that passes all understanding pour over you, guarding your mind and your heart (Philippians 4:7).
Now fix your eyes back on Jesus. He began this good work in you and me. He promises that He will complete it (Philippians 1:6). Our job is to look to Him often by refreshing ourselves in Bible study. Look around and see who you can encourage along the way. As the day goes on continue the motion of checking in with Jesus before reacting, and if that peace and joy begin to slip away, have a seat again.
Read: Psalm 118:24
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Living with a Pilgrim Mentality on January 4th, 2019 - Watch Sermon