New Year's Day 2022

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) 

Throughout this New Year we are all going to have seasons out of our comfort zone, days of weakness, and difficult decisions to make. My prayer this year is that we can be still and know that God is our peace, strength, and wisdom. 

In 2022, God is going to allow situations where we feel out of our comfort zone, which often leads to fear and anxiety. In Psalm 46:10, God calls us to be still and know He is our peace when we feel out of our comfort zone. Not only does God give us peace during these seasons of life, but He grows our character and relationship with Him. One way that I will be out of my comfort zone this year is talking with college golf coaches. While this will be exciting, it will also bring about stress. It is only when I lean into God that I feel true peace during seasons of growth and unfamiliarity. My encouragement to you is that during these seasons, you would be still and know that God is your peace. 

There are going to be days this year when we just feel weak -- whether physically or emotionally. Psalm 46 reminds us we are to be still and know that God is our strength. As an athlete there are days that I have to push through while feeling run down or sick; and all I can do is ask the Lord to be my strength, because I can’t do it on my own. The Apostle Paul writes: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Not only is God our strength, but we can also boast in our weakness because we know His power and His grace are sufficient.

In this New Year, we will have to make difficult decisions. In times of confusion, we are to be still and know that God is wisdom. When we try to navigate making decisions on our own, it often leads to self-pity and despair. In Psalm 46, we can be encouraged to look to God for help because He is our wisdom during difficult seasons of life and times of confusion. 

My challenge starting this year is for us to ask God to be our peace, our strength, and our wisdom. Let’s choose to say no to some things -- in order to say yes to more time with God and know that He is truly our peace, our strength, and our wisdom.

By C.A. Carter

C.A. is a sophomore at LCA. She has been at Immanuel for about a year and considers herself incredibly blessed to be a part of the IBC student ministry and church community.

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