Romans 15:13 says,

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

I saw a meme the other day that 2022 is code for 2020 too, as in we are going back to 2020 again! Nooooo!? BUT, if we did, would you have wanted to respond differently to some situations? Or maybe have even worse anxiety because you are reliving the worst year ever? For 2020, getting online to stay connected is what people strived for, especially to try and stay in church. Then slowly the showing up to the computer, tv, or phone started dwindling. We thought the torture of not connecting with humans would be over sooner than later. But sooner drifted further away, so did showing up for online church service or online class chat or online meeting, online, online, ONLINE!. Getting online for everything  was cool at first and the “Jesus is our Rock!”attitude was strong. We prayed and prayed hard for…. a few days? Maybe weeks? As Christians we know from Psalm 62:2, God is our rock. 

He only is my rock and my salvation;

He is my defense;

I shall not be greatly moved.

This is mentioned several times throughout the Bible. He is our rock, our foundation, our cornerstone! Can I hear an AMEN!? My question is, how? How do we get to the point where we allow Him to fully become our Rock, our foundation? No really, the one we go to for literally everything, the one we put our FULL trust in. The one who would give us complete peace. The one who would completely take away our anxiety, fears, anger…. If only He was truly 100% our rock. 

          One of the hardest things, I believe, and most important, is to trust. We are so afraid of being hurt, being let down, or of the unknown. We try to keep control by not loving 100%. For fear of getting hurt, not allowing others to take the reins on something you need to let go, or being afraid to start what God has laid on your heart for fear of failing.

Romans 15:13 says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

          Cling to this truth for the next few months. This month give over some things that have been giving you anxiety and fully trust it’s in God’s hands. Grab a sticky note, write it down and stick it on your bathroom mirror and remember you are going to fully put your trust in Christ through these struggles. Keep them in your prayers daily and keep note of how you are doing. Track your failures and what led you to fail and keep track of times you overcame. 

This year focus on keeping Christ as our rock. Steps to take:

  1. Trust God and be filled with joy peace – Romans 15:13
  2. Train for righteousness and peace – Hebrews 12:11
  3. Let God transform and renew you. – Romans 12:2

This will lead us in confidence that: God IS the ROCK of my strength, my refuge – Psalm 62:7 

Let HIM rock your world!