Happy New Year!! It is 2017! Are you entering this year holding onto the failures and disappointments of 2016? Are you entering this year with expectation and hope? Failures, disappointments, expectations and hope are all real feelings we have to grapple with from our own perspective. Perhaps instead of filtering them though our own system- we should filter them through God’s Word. Since we know that God is Sovereign, we must believe that He alone has the total perspective on all that happens to us.
Lamentations 3:21-26. “Yet this I call to mind and there fore I have hope: Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”
These verses tell us that our hope is in the Lord. His motivation for saving and treating us with compassion is His great LOVE. We are assured that His mercies are new each morning and that HE alone is faithful. Waiting patiently needs to be my resolve as I look to His plans and His solutions. He will answer and follow through. Resolved waiting is filled with HOPE, intense seeking, and counting upon His salvation and unending Love. What better way to start a New Year? I can filter all my hurts and disappointments through Him and He is faithful to answer with HOPE and LOVE!
Blessings in this New Year. God will keep you in the palm of His hand as you are engraved there for eternity. (Isaiah 49:16) Look to Him and draw near to Him with resolve in 2017 and you will be rewarded. (James 4:7-8)