By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
As the world ushers in year 2021 on Friday January 1, it has been described as a year that the power of the Lord must not be doubted.
This was expressed by the Chairman, Christian Association of NIgeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, Reverend Dr. John Joseph Hayab in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen Dated January 1, 2021.
“In Habakkuk 1:5 he calls on us to “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” This is not the year to doubt the power of the Lord, no, it is the year, yes, it is the year, the year that he will show his might more than ever before. So trust in the Lord, stand firm for the Lord our God is with us, the Lord our God is our strong hold,” he said.
Quoting from the Book of Isaiah Chapter 40:31, he said, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
He said that it gives him great joy to once more congratulate all on a successful cross over through the year 2020 to this New Year of 2021.
“A time as this offers us an opportunity to reflect over the past year with particular focus on our failures, weaknesses and the huddles that we could not successfully jump over in the past year, most especially those that we will have to use the new year to fix. No doubt the past year was a year best described as one of a kind with it’s many challenges.
“The year 2020 was indeed the greatest and most challenging age in recent times the world over.But as bad at it was, we are alive, we are strong, we are healthy, we are feeding, and above all, we have an opportunity to make better the worst moment,” he said.
Kaduna CAN chairman said that many would have entered this New Year with a mind full of doubts as to the possibility of the year 2021 being a year of favour, blessings and goodness.
“Many are possibly asking if this New Year will not be same with 2020 or even worst than 2020.
*As a people who believe in the Almighty God, our hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth, our trust is in him who never fails us nor will he start failing us. As believers, challenges are not to cripple us but to strengthen us, challenges are to us; tests of faith which we cannot afford to fail, especially not now.
“When the scripture prays, ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12) it x-ray’s one fact and that is the fact that these experiences, good or bad are meant to guide us to the path of wisdom, which is a necessary ingredient for a good, happy and fulfilling life,” he said.
Reverend Hayab reminded all that as challenging as 2020 is, it is to serve as a guide to gain the wisdom to journey through 2021.
“The question today is, how much have we learned from the challenges and failures of the past year? Holding on to the lost and forgetting the blessings and the lessons is already a pointer to another sad, unhappy, challenging and unfulfilled New Year in 2021.
“But one who is focusing more on the blessings and the lessons will today be saying “brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Such are the words of those to come out fulfilled in this New Year,” he declared.
He further said that, “God has crowned the New Year with bounty, and his carts overflow with abundance” for the land, (Psalm 65:11), but as bountiful as the year is, only the wise, only they who are on the right path of wisdom, especially from the blessings and lessons of the past year will walk into 2021 though as victims of 2020 but Victors in 2021.”
He therefore, challenged faithful to put their trust in God, put their hope in him faithfully and they will be surprised at the goodness that will come with this New Year.
The cleric stressed that the lessons of 2020 should remain top most in minds and hearts of all.
“We must guide our steps, for the pandemic we must remain obedient to the regulations given by our leaders, about insecurity we must keep to mind that security is our collective responsibility and the government cannot guarantee our security especially in our rural areas.
“The wisdom from the lessons will help us to have a COVID-19 and insecurity free 2021.”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” ( 1 Peter 1:3), therefore, by our new birth, fear is dead for we are better revived, better equipped with the toughest experience, and we are more wiser to make better the worst of yesteryear.
“I today remind you again, that no matter what beast the New Year may come with, you must stand ready to overcome and we surely will overcome for “the Lord our God is with us, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in us; in his love he will no longer rebuke us, but will rejoice over us…” (Zephaniah 3:17).
“I sincerely wish us all a very happy, peaceful, fulfilling and prosperous new year. I pray and bless you with all goodness, blessings, protection, favour, provision and Divine presence in every where that you shall enter in this year.
*Once more Congratulations, and Happy New year,” he concluded.