As we enter the New Year, we cannot help but reflect on the challenges and victories of the past year. We can all testify to God’s presence throughout each moment in our lives. This year will mark change for many of our lives. Some will graduate from high school, college, or professional school. Some are anticipating a wedding, while others are just rolling into the New Year without an expectation of anything different.
For us to take advantage of the crossing over into 2015, we must do so with great expectation. The truth is this year brings us new hope, new opportunities, and change for us individually, our communities, and our world. It is our time to take advantage of what this year will bring. “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him,” I Corinthians 2:9.
This is how we have to meet this year, knowing that we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” We cannot even conceive what God has in store for us, but we have to live with the expectation of something better and bigger than we can even conceive. This year we need to stop being satisfied with mediocrity, settling for whatever life throws our way. We must live with expectation in our hearts. Perhaps over the years, we have suffered hurt, disappointment, and rejection. These things can leave us with either no expectation or perhaps always expecting something bad to happen to us. This has the potential of preventing us from receiving what God has in store for us. We lose faith in ourselves and we lose faith in God. This year we need to renew our faith, hope, and expectation in God.
It is true that what God will do for others, he will do for you. This year does not have to be like last year. It can be better if we live with the expectation of knowing that God has something wonderful prepared for us.
This year we can expect to lose the weight, improve our health, get the promotion, finish the degree, complete the book, and most importantly, be delivered from some bad habits that have thwarted our relationship with God.
We can expect that some things will happen this year that will discourage us. We will have setbacks. We will relapse. We will have a point in our lives this year when we will feel like nothing is going to happen. It is in those moments that we have to remember how much God loves us, and we have to focus on our love for God rather than our circumstances.
The devil will convince us that this year is going to be like every other year—that we are getting too old to start over or to experience change in our lives; time is passing us by; and we keep living with the expectation of death.
This year, we need to live instead of existing. We can re-start everything in our lives, no matter how old we are, how sick we feel, or how many times in the past we have been disappointed. No matter how good things are now in our lives, things can always get better.
This year, God is going to walk us into our season, and we will experience what eyes have not seen or our hearts conceived. The best is year to come.