PROCLAIMING THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR

A brand New Year is here, and most of us are celebrating the end of 2020, which has been a beast. Like many years, 2020 has had good moments, but the pandemic that entered our lives in the early part of the year has left most of us ready for a change. However, we have to remember to change our mindset as we enter 2021.

I stumbled across some verses in Isaiah last week, and they left me puzzled. I wasn’t sure of the verses’ meaning, so I did some searching for commentary, and even the commentaries that I found didn’t provide too much clarification.

Isaiah 61: 1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,because the Lord has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captivesand release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favorand the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beautyinstead of ashes, the oil of joyinstead of mourning, and a garment of praiseinstead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,a planting of the Lordfor the display of his splendor.

While I am sure that I am still missing some of the meaning, I did grasp that history keeps repeating itself repeatedly. In these verses, the people had once again been in bondage and were starting to wonder if the Lord was real or powerful enough to save them. Does that sound familiar?

These verses show that the Lord declared that “this” would be the year. They would be released from their bondage and a time of celebration was at hand. He would bind the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners.

I know that this verse wasn’t written about the situation that our world has been going through; but, I can find many similar correlations. There are a lot of hurting people right now. People have lost jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. There has been sickness and death to the point that everyone has been touched in some way. We all struggle to stay apart from those that we love and are longing to visit and hug our loved ones.

The grumblings have once again started. Why? How? Where? If?

Why would the Lord let this pandemic hurt so many families?

How could He be so cruel to let us suffer in this way?

Where is the Lord? Has He forgotten or forsaken us?

If God is so powerful, then why can’t He overcome this virus?

Maybe some of these thoughts have run across your mind, and that would only be normal. None of us want to see people suffering, and crying out to the Lord should be our first response. The Lord is not offended by your questions; He is only offended if your trust in Him is shaken.

I certainly place my HOPE and my TRUST in the Lord, and I do believe that He is proclaiming this to be the year of the Lord’s favor. I praise HIM from whom all blessings flow, and even through tears of pain, hurt, or frustrations, I am grateful that He is by my side. He is our guiding light, and I pray that He is releasing us from the darkness of 2020.

Psalms 91:1-16

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Praise the Lord!

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Anita Hooper wrote:

    Tania, this spoke to my heart in such a powerful way! The Lord has not forgotten us. He is only a breath and a prayer away. Thank you for these encouraging words.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that this post touched you. No, He has not forgotten us and we need to make sure that we haven’t forgotten Him.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  2. Janice wrote:

    This was a wonderful post today. Thank you and glory be to God!

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      To God Goes The GLORY!

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  3. Vickie Dudley wrote:

    Such an encouraging post. Thank you!

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Vickie. I always worry if my Sunday post will be well received.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  4. Marianne McDaniel wrote:

    I love this. We need to be strong and trust God. He has a plan and we just need to wait. Jeremiah 29:11

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad to know that He is in control. I may shed tears through some of the trials that I face, but I am comforted by knowing that it is His will and according to His plan.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  5. Connie wrote:

    Thank you Tania. I love to read Psalms and was just reading Ps. 97. He reigns and we rejoice, no matter the circumstance! Thank you for your blog. As a 50+ woman I love to see your fresh approach to style. As a sister in Christ your Sunday morning devotional is refreshing, especially before I go to teach a young couples Sunday School class. Have a great week!

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Connie, I was just reading Romans 8:35-39 this morning. Nothing can separate us from the Lord and His love for us.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
      • Carole wrote:

        Thanks for your Sunday devotional. I always feel encouraged and uplifted. He is in control and I look forward to a better new year!

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  6. Elizabeth Bienvenu wrote:

    Praise God…thank you Tanya for these encouraging words. Peace be with you your family in 2021❤️

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I hope 2021 is good for you and your family!

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  7. Donna Rodman wrote:

    Tania: I have so enjoyed being one of the gurls. I love your Sunday posts so much. This one holds hope for this New Year as always. We just need to listen and He is there.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, Donna! He is always there with us.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  8. Sue wrote:

    Your sermons are always bearing fruit. The Casting Crown’s,” Praise You in this Storm “ really touched home this morning on so many levels. My sister-in-law(Diana pancreatic cancer) and so many in this world are fighting for their lives. Thank you for your prayers for all of us.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I pray for her healing and that she is not suffering. The Praise You in this Storm song touched me also. That is why I picked the version that included the lyrics.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  9. Nancy wrote:

    My resolution is not to be as hard on myself this year. My second resolution was going to be not to buy as many new clothing items, but, we can all sit back and have a good laugh at that one!
    P.S. A pain reliever with caffeine (excedrin migraine) will dilate your blood vessels and might help with the head aches. My youngest daughter would get debilitating migraines, take a couple of those capsules and then sleep.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I take the Excedrin migraine tablets also, and those help me a lot when I am having issues. Sometimes though, even those won’t help.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  10. Patti wrote:

    Thank you. Enjoyed this today.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I hope you have a wonderful New Year, Patti!

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  11. Clara wrote:

    I just joined the Gurls. I was surprised to see your post today. How awesome to find a blog written by a Christian woman. Great message. I put my faith in God.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Welcome, Clara!!! I am so glad that you decided to join us and I am thrilled that you are enjoying my Sunday posts.

      Posted 1.3.21Reply
  12. Diana wrote:

    Thank you Tania for another encouraging message! God bless you for your faithfulness❤

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
  13. Gara Doll wrote:

    Thank you, Tania, I always love your Sunday blogs! Thank you for this reminder to trust our Lord!!

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
  14. Lynda Johnson wrote:

    Our Bible contains the “living” word of God! What was a message for the people then is also a message for us today! God and his word does not change. He is still in charge no matter what may come! Our hope, strength, and promises rest upon the Lord! Thank you for your insight into God’s word and sharing your faith!

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
  15. Penny Jo Grassedonio wrote:

    What a great message today. I love the Casting Crowns song. Thank you for keeping it real, Tania.

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  16. Barbara wrote:

    Thank you, Tania! This post is perfect for today! God’s blessings, strength and comfort to all who love him. Like many, I’m looking forward to this new year with great hope and faith. Happy Sunday. 🙂

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
  17. Liane wrote:

    I think the Isaiah verse refers to the release of bondage spiritually not physically. So much of Isaiah is prophecy. I think the bondage is to the law and to the enemy and the new day or year, again not literal refers to the coming of Christ.

    Posted 1.3.21Reply
  18. Shannon wrote:

    Thank you Tania. Great post. I love Psalms 91.

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  19. Kathie Sansbury Blackwell wrote:

    If you think about what has really been going on in the world, the famine, the children being sold and n bondage, the many even here in our Country that are sleeping in the streets and the many who suffer daily it becomes clear that this is not acts of God. We have been governed by people who are not of God. God is great and He is our refuge and He does offer those wings of comfort for us to shelter us, but we have to give our lives to Him and ask for forgiveness. These past several months have brought me so much closer to God. Without Him and His grace and mercy, I would fall. He is the truth, the way and the light and no one enters into the Kingdom of Heaven except through HIm. Jesus died on the cross so that we may be saved. Take heed in those words. He suffered for all of us and the suffering we have gone through is nothing compared to the suffering Jesus did while He walked this earth. He was mocked, he was spit upon and He took all that pain for us. I love your Sunday posts, Tania. Never worry about your Sunday posts. They are your weekly reminder to us as to how much you love us and want to share your messages about your faith.

    Posted 1.4.21Reply
  20. Catherine McClamrock wrote:

    Tania, Love this post Thank you for reminding us all of what is important especially this week and year!
    We all need to pray for our country and know that God will take care of us!

    Posted 1.4.21Reply
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