"'Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' And Elisha prayed, 'O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.' Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." -- 2 Kings 6:16-17
Like so many others, I sat down this morning and reflected on all that has happened during the course of the year. Although I lost friends, I didn't lose any close family members. As a family, we had our share of illness and injuries, but managed to survive the year without a cancer diagnosis or other catastrophic disease. Money was tight and our debt reached an all-time high, but God provided a job for me that allowed us to have a good Christmas, fund the publication of a second book, and resurrect the hope that we will pay off our bills and finally attain financial peace. We faced the challenges of parenting a teenager in a hostile and ungodly culture, but experienced God's hand of protection and little glimmers of progress along the way. A book was published and a ministry was born with little fanfare but with a whole lot of hope, faith, and love. For us, 2010 was a very good year.
Looking ahead, I know that the challenges we faced in 2010 will accompany us as we cross into a new year. The same God who was with us will go before us, providing for each need, supplying peace in every stressful circumstance, and comforting us when our hearts are broken.
Every one of us will face giants this year, challenges that threaten to completely overwhelm us. But if we will look to God's Word and use the God-given power within us, rather than our own limited resources, to face those challenges, we will be victorious. We cannot fight the battle alone. Think about it! If you can remember that God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) plus you equals four, then you have already outnumbered your foe because Satan is only one person and certainly no match for our God!
No matter what challenges you face in the year ahead, remember to do the math -- we win!