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The Best Is Yet To Come: Hope For The New Year And Beyond

As 2020 draws to a close, there is a collective urgency to move on. It seems the entire planet is groaning with anticipation.

I can almost hear the calendar pages rustling like a flock of birds as we finally flip over the page to January and breathe a sigh of relief. My guess is most of us would like to wad up the old calendar for tinder and toss it in the fireplace as we triumphantly exclaim, “Goodbye and good riddance 2020!”

Before we dust off the dirt and hurt of this horrific year, it would serve us well to reflect. I know, I know—there is much we would rather never visit again.

But let me remind you—most growth is experienced in seasons of adversity. 

I urge you to take the time to find the blessings amongst the rubble. Write them down and let them wash over and renew your spirit. Praise the Father for His everpresent help and presence. Take note of what you learned, my friend.

God never wastes a hurt. 

Our loving Father uses everything for His good purposes—even evil.

“You meant evil against me, but God used it for good.” Genesis 50:20

This past year was a treasure trove of ashes that the Lord will turn to beauty. 

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning.” Isaiah 61:3

Beauty from ashes: This is the promise for those who hope in the Lord.

“For those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

I assure you, not only is hope to be found in the new year, but the best is yet to come. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? This might surprise you, but the best was yet to come last year and the year before that.

Through the ebb and flow of this mortal life, God is preparing us for eternity.

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Do you see it?

The promise of God’s glory awaits us! 

With every trial and every blessing we experience within this flesh that is fading away, we draw closer to our forever promises.

Yes! A time is coming when the Lord will wipe away every tear.

“‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” …” Revelation 21:3-5

We have so much to look forward to, beloved. But until the Lord returns or calls us home, we have a job to do. As we eagerly wait for the time when God makes all things new, let us be about His business.

Let’s press in to the Lord’s hope and strength promised to us. 

“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” Hebrews 12:12

Indeed, for those who trust in the Lord—the best is yet to come in 2021 and beyond!

Happy New Year from the SoCal Voice family!

 

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