“Our Hope For The New Year And Beyond”
Psalm 33:20-22 NLT
We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
I have found myself in the past months starting off statement with “I sure hope________________” and then I fill in the blank with whatever thought I have at that time. I have been hoping for a lot of things as I’m sure many or most of you have as well. Through our years of life, we hope for many things in different ways.
This past year, 2020, we have all probably hoped for things we had never thought about before. With all the chaos and uncertainty, we have found ourselves hoping in different ways and maybe hoping for different things than we have hoped for in the past. Just take a few moments and think back to the different things you have hoped for this past year. Think of all that has gone on and all that has happened in your family, at work, at church and other places. Take some time to think on what you have hoped for that you hadn’t really thought about in the past until now.
Many of us have probably had hopes shattered in some ways and then found ourselves grasping for some kind of relief and assurance that things will get better. We have all been affected in so many ways this year by all the pandemic chaos and we are hoping and praying that things will get better very soon.
I’m learning each new day that instead of hoping in things of this world, as I so often do, I instead need to hope always in God. I need to put my hope and trust solely in Him because He knows the future and knows what is best for myself and my family. I’m learning little by little to hope more in Him and not in what the world offers or tries to offer. I have been so grateful for the ways God has been providing for us this year in many different ways with the pandemic, but I need to remember that those things we have been blessed with are not and in themselves. God is always the provider and I need to put all my hope and trust in Him.
Perhaps we need to shift our thinking of hope for the New Year and start putting much more hope in God instead of the things of this world. When things seem bleak, God is still going to provide in some way and He always does. We need to look into the New Year and be reminded of all the wonderful ways He has provided and still will continue to provide.
He is our True Hope for the New Year and beyond!