“The Lord bless you and keep you.”
These words are spoken as the blessing at the end of almost every service at Victory. They are words given by God, to Moses, who was to share them with Aaron and the other priests of Israel so they could regularly bless the people with those words. The words are a blessing. They literally deliver what they declare. The entire blessing from Numbers 24 delivers blessing, and protection. Those words promise that God will continue to turn toward us and not away from us. Those words deliver God’s grace to us. Those words deliver God’s favor and peace. 2016 has been a wild ride for many, but we can all face 2017 with confidence and hope. In Christ, God has delivered all of the things promised in this benediction. In Christ the future is perfectly secure. In Christ, neither disaster, drama, nor death itself can steal our joy. 2017 will be a blessed year because the LORD has already declared it to be. The LORD keeps His Word. You can trust Him. Happy Blessed New Year!