Reflecting on 2016, I have to admit that “My Redeemer is Faithful and True.” That is the title of a song, sung by so many artists, but hearts around the world can echo this very same sentiment that God has been true to us in 2016 and will be true to us in 2017. The author penned the heartwarming words with a such glorious and humble melody of God’s goodness. Looking back on human life, how can we not agree with Job, “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last (Job 19: 25). Despite the wretchedness, sadness, dismay that 2016 brought to our lives, there is still enough evidence to point to God as our faithful and true redeemer.
He’s kept every word of His Promises. God said that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in Glory (Philippians 4:13). If you reflect on 2016, there has to be something or things that God has fulfilled on your behalf. Weren’t there days in 2016 when you didn’t have much strength, but God was your refuge and strength? There had to be days when you were discouraged, but God sent comfort. There may be days when you had a need, and God provided. There were days when you didn’t have much of anything, but you had God’s peace. I’m sure there were days, when you felt, lost, broken, but God sent His Grace and love. Besides, David confirmed that “the eyes of all look to [God], and [He] gives them their food at the proper time. [He] opens His hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing (Psalm 145: 15, 16). In 2016, none of His promises failed, He always keeps His word.
His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3: 21, 22). We are a few days short of our 366 days mark for this year. That means that for over 300 mornings God has granted us breath and awoken us from the slumber of death. Who else could do that for us? In 1822 when John Keble penned the meaningful words “New every morning is thy love,” he knew exactly what those mercies meant to us. From the creation of man, God has granted us mercies each new morning. Jeremiah knew, John Keble knew and today we can attest to God’s daily faithfulness. No matter if you woke up jobless, sick, sad, heartbroken, or lonely, his mercies are new. If you are alive today, you are still experiencing his mercies. Garner and welcome them into your bosom and let them bring you hope, joy and peace, and say, “Thank you God for new mercies.” He lets go of yesterday and gives us a new day to start over with Him, because He knows that we need a new day EVERY day.
He gives more and more grace (James 4: 6). At no time when we had a downfall did God fail to send His overflowing grace to fill our lives. I’m sure that in 2016, you had some disappointing moments of sin, because “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1: 8). However, God has promised that “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness..” (Vs 9). In 2016, He forgave more and more. No wonder Jesus would ask us to forgive others in return. We failed God, we failed each other and but God has not left us hopeless or helpless. He has given humanity, every opportunity for growth in Him, for gain through Him and for gifts in abundance from His throne room.
As you look towards the year end, always remember your faithful Redeemer. No matter how rugged the road, no matter how weary the walk, no matter how the journey felt lonesome at times, God was with you. The year is coming to an end, but God’s mercies never end. Throughout the ages we can confidently say, “My Redeemer is Faithful and True.”
Psalms 36:5, Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.