When a new year hits it is natural to want to begin fresh, to push reset and start life anew. For some this means overcoming obstacles and shaking off habits that have had a negative impact on life, while for others it might mean beginning a new challenge or ministry opportunity. For many, a new year simply means another year of hardship. Maybe you are continuing a fight against illness or grieving a recent loss. For you, a new year may not mean a new beginning, but an unwelcome continuance. Whatever category we fall under, a new year means renewed resolve.
As we begin another year we, as believer’s, can remember that our renewal comes from the living water given to us through the gift of Salvation from Jesus Christ. No matter what our circumstances are now, or what they may become this year, we always have something special to push us forward: Hope. We will inevitably face tough times and hardship, but we have hope to carry us through, to help us keep our resolve. We have hope because we are sons and daughters of the Creator, adopted by the blood of Christ and claimed by Him to be sisters and brothers. This world is not our final destination, only a stop along the way to an amazing eternity. Each year brings a little longer time spent in this temporary place, but we have yet to reach the place we will call home.
Romans 8:24-25 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
The term “patiently” in this verse refers to a quality of character that doesn’t allow one to surrender to circumstance… in other words, resolve. Because we do not yet have our eternal reward, we stay resolved to wait for it.
So let us be resolved this year. Let us remember where our hope lies when we are faced with suffering and fear or uncertain circumstances and challenges. Jesus reminds us that yes, we will face difficulty in this world, but He has overcome it (John 16:33), therefore so can we. Through Jesus we have what Romans 8:37 refers to as overwhelming victory because we are bound to Him by a love that can never be severed.
“What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all- now will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things” Romans 8:31-32.
My prayer is that we all will stay resolved in our hope to wait on the Lord as He works through the year to come. And as always, that we would encourage one another daily as long as it is today.