Ready Or Not!

Author: Pastor Charles A. Tapp
January 03, 2019

While in the checkout line at my favorite grocery store on New Year’s Eve, the cashier, as we were engaging in “small talk,” asked me if I was ready for the New Year.  Without pausing to think about what my response would be, I quickly said to her, “Well, the real question is not if I’m ready for the new year, but rather is the new year ready for me.” To my surprise the cashier quickly responded by saying, “Wow! I feel the exact same way.”

Now if I’m going to be completely honest I have to admit that my response shocked even me. At first glance my words could have easily been mistaken as being somewhat egotistical. But trust me when I say, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead they were actually the by-product of a devotional thought that I had read earlier in the day, which reminded me of the assurance that comes from knowing that the presence of God is with his children despite the waves of challenges that can flood into their lives.

I recognize that this is not a new revelation for most of us, but the truth is, I don’t believe that many of us are cognizant of the immense ramifications there are to what I just said. Think about it for a moment. Despite what may be in store for us from day to day, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we have the assurance of knowing that the presence of God is present with us. Let us not forget the words of the beloved disciple John in 1 John 4:4, “…greater is he that is within you than he that is in the world.” And of course we dare not forget the apostle Paul and his powerful words in Romans 8:31, “If God is for me, who can be against me?”

Now let’s be clear. Just because we acknowledge God’s divine presence in our lives, doesn’t mean for a minute that all of our struggles and daily challenges will just go “poof” and disappear. But shouldn’t knowing that God is with us make us even more determined to push through these challenges? Shouldn’t the promise of God’s presence make us more embolden when it comes to what we attempt for God as a church, knowing that he has promised to be with us every step of the way? Shouldn’t the awareness of knowing that the Creator of this vast universe is not only with us but also lives in us motivate us to attempt even greater things in 2019 than we attempted in the past for the cause of his kingdom?

Again, my response to the cashier on New Year’s Eve should not be taken as an egotistical rant on my part, but rather as my way of expressing and acknowledging that this year more than the previous one, I desire to meet it head on, knowing that whatever challenges or roadblocks that may come my way, I am determined to confront them, not in my own strength, but in the strength of the Lord! And my prayer is that you will be just as resolute to do the same.


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