As we move forward into a New Year, what is our attitude? Are we eagerly looking forward to what God is going to do in and through us, or are we dreading what is ahead? I must admit, I have been in both of those positions in one year or another.
What made the difference? As much as I hate to admit it, I think for many years it was that I kind of knew what was ahead. Be it good or bad – I felt that I had some control – and to me that was reassuring.
How wrong I was! That feeling of control brought me a false sense of security. Somehow, the scripture, “lean not on your own understanding”, had not yet taken root in my heart.
How did that change? I think it all began as I drew closer to God. I don’t just mean going to church or reading God’s Word, I was already doing that.
What I mean is learning to listen to His voice and allowing His Spirit to bring His Word to life in my heart. The more I really know Him, the more I trust Him with the intimate details of my life. I began to trust Him to lead me through the journey – be it easy or difficult. I began to realize that His ways are higher than my ways (Isa 55:8-9) and that it was exciting to walk into the unknown – as long as I allowed Him to lead the way.
Yes, my life and my attitudes have change a lot! I no longer fear moving into the New Year, even though I have no clue what it may bring. I look forward with eager expectation – knowing that my God is powerful and wise enough to do a much better job of ordering my footsteps than I ever could imagine.
His Word says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing…” (Isa 43:19)
I am truly excited to move forward into 2018 and discover the “new things” He is going to do!
Lord, give me ears to hear; eyes to see; and a heart to obey and follow. Then I can move forward confidently and with eager expectation. Would you join me in that prayer? You will be glad you did.