Here we are again, facing a new year. Most people are bidding “good riddance” to 2020 and looking to the new year with hope. Somehow I don’t think 12:00 am of January 1 is going to suddenly make everything better. Yet, it’s a beautiful word: HOPE.
I mean, I get it. We look at a new year and we see its potential and possibilities and we hope to finally get it right. Whatever it is.
Yet we know that hope outside of the Lord is shallow and fleeting. Our only true hope, our blessed hope, is in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this hope that will carry us through whatever the new year may bring. It is what carried many of us through 2020. Hope in the Lord is what brings the peace that surpasses all understanding. You see, this hope is not wishful thinking, rather it is the blessed assurance of to Whom we belong. For the child of God, those who are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus, we know that whatever may come- His will be done- and we rest safely within His shadow. This is not to say that we will not have difficult times, for that is the human experience, but we look to Him for help and strength and He has His hands upon us. It is then when He carries us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
Hebrews 6:19 NKJV
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 NKJV
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
I Peter 1:3 NKJV
There are dozens more verses offering hope.
Perhaps this is the year our blessed hope is realized and we see Him face to face. Until then, trust Him, be watchful, and occupy.