Hope for the Future
By Martha Hadley
We're a month into 2013 and it's good to be reminded of the hopeful attitude we had as the calendar turned from 2012 to 2013 that the new year would be brimming with possibilities. Sometimes I think it would be helpful to know the details of what's ahead, but that is not what happens. Perhaps God doesn't reveal the future to us so that we'll trust Him. Since only He knows the future, we have to rely on Him.
Thankfully, He encourages us in Jeremiah 29:11-14. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
God has lovingly given you another year. It’s beautifully wrapped with a big red bow, just waiting for you to open it and explore the exciting possibilities coming up on the horizon. Look for the little things in life that are special gifts from Him, too. That can help us to be grateful no matter what comes our way. And encourage others along the way. By doing so, we’re also encouraged!
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” - Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV