This past week I had the most interesting conversations with several people. As I listened to their views about what they expect in the year 2013, I was taken aback by their attitudes, these people are Christ followers. However most were filled with dread and fear for the New Year. They pack up all their past pain, disappointments, and failures, place it into a suite case and was willing to carry that heaviness with them right into the ‘new’ year.
Please understand I am by no means trying to minimize the horrific heart ache that our society has suffered (personally and as a whole) this past year. I know that there are people that have experienced incredible disappointments and pain. So much so that it felt as if your heart was being ripped out of your chest. I myself have experienced great disappointments this past year. Yet, in that disappointment I heard my Father in Heaven ask; Do you trust me? I still don’t understand, but I trust God.
I guess what I am want to say is, yes life can get ugly. This world can seem messed up at times. We may not have reached our dreams- yet. But! We need to keep our eyes on God. We can not become downhearted, discouraged.
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 -This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Colossians 3:1,2 – Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Our God is awesome and He can do anything. Our breakthrough could very well happen tomorrow. Our prayers could be answered in the next hour. Our dreams can come true by the end of the week. Who knows but God? Hold tight to this; God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20)
Let us enter the year 2013 with great expectation.
Happy New Year!