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Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
 that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. Psalm 146:5-7

Here we are in 2021, and like every New year it is full of promise and potential. There is the hope that COVID will get under control, that we will be able to meet again in person, that I will finally stick with a workout plan, that we will communicate better with those with whom we disagree, that we will treat all people with kindness and dignity, and that we will get lots of snow in the mountains. But there is always the potential that this coming year will throw out some real challenges to us, too.
At least for me, the danger is that I begin to put too much hope in the future. Like, that somehow that future is all going to come up roses, and that humans and their institutions will bring satisfaction. Perhaps my Steelers will win the Super Bowl. Will that make me happy? Yes, it will. Will that happiness last? No, it will not. That fleeting sense of satisfaction is like many things that the world offers.

In the Psalm it is expressed like this, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish,” (Verse 3-4). In other places in Scripture we are warned not to put our trust in horses, wealth, prosperity, or chocolate (actually chocolate is not mentioned, but is probably not worthy of our trust). The reason for this is that all those things will pass away, and we will be left with nothing. Instead, God calls us to put our trust in Him. “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” This person is blessed because God will never fail “the LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!” This person is also blessed because God cares not only for them but for all people. The Lord will defend the powerless and the needy and thus we can entrust ourselves to Him.

This coming year has the potential to bring with it many blessings and challenges, but like many years, what it offers will not truly satisfy us. My hope is that we will look not to the coming year to solve our problems, but to look to the Lord and put our trust in Him, as He seeks to set this world right again. In God there is abundant hope and we will never be led astray.
In Christ,

In Christ.