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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” NIV
The context of this passage was the LORD speaking to Israel about their return from Babylonian captivity and that after 70 years there would be an awakening and God’s plan would be put into play. Israel would seek Him and find Him as they sought Him with their whole heart. As we come to the first day of 2018 my heart cries out for us to LOOK FORWARD rather than BACKWARD.
God has plans for us individually and collectively and those plans include a HOPE and FUTURE. In any situation or time when people truly begin to seek the LORD with a whole heart, He demonstrates His power and reveals Himself to them. He has promised that if we SEEK Him we will FIND Him. He is not trying to hide from us or make knowing His will, plan, or purpose difficult or impossible to discern. It is in God’s interest for us to KNOW what He wants and then to DO what He directs. Hiding that from us would not serve the purposes of the Kingdom.
Rather than looking back on any disappointments of 2017 let’s look toward the possibilities of 2018. Rather than lamenting over any of the failures of the past let’s look toward the victories of the future. At 12:01 AM this morning the year 2017 faded into history and 2018 has begun. Now, it is incumbent upon us to fully embrace the plan and purpose of God for our lives and this new year. God is still God and His plan and purpose for our lives still real and possible. Nothing anyone or any power can do will change that. The devil may try and will try to get you to lose focus on the prime objective and discourage you but resist his temptations and FIX or AFFIX your focus squarely on the Throne of Heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ. Take these words in Jeremiah as your personal word from the Lord for 2018 and enter this New Year with HOPE, FAITH, ENTHUSIASM, and CONFIDENCE.
I dare say that none of us saw in totality what we wanted to see although we may have seen some significant and wonderful things. The New Year affords us somewhat of a ‘clean slate’ and we have the opportunity to begin on this day, January 1, 2018, a journey of faith that will be the most exciting and productive year of our lives.
May God be with you as you go through your day!