My word for 2013 is hope. Which I think is fitting since my word last year was faith.
As I sit here and look at how God has started off this new year, all I can think about is how this year will be the year that I finally see God’s sovereign will at work.
You see, He has a sovereign will for everyone. Often we are more concerned with our will and the things we want. Our prayers and our life often reflect this. Then we lose faith and hope when we do not receive what we ask and hope for. We will use those unanswered prayers as an excuse to give in to our temptations or turn our back on God.
But hope is so much more than a prayer that has yet to be answered. Real hope is built on the foundation of the sovereign will of God. Our hope for things of this world will never stand up against the pain that exists in this world. But when our hope comes from the sacrifice that Jesus made for us then our hope will never die, it will never shift with the winds and storms of this life, but instead our hope will go on for all eternity.
Hope is like a puzzle. At first the big picture is in a big jumbled pile of pieces. The pieces of life all scattered everywhere. The thing with hope is that you don’t know what it is you are hoping for. Soon the pieces start coming together. More and more the picture is being revealed to you and eventually you realize the beauty and the purpose of every piece. Then when the picture is done and the puzzle is all put together you then see God’s sovereign will in your life.
This year I am going to experience real everlasting hope, I can already see it happening, and I am so grateful for that. The pieces are starting to come together and I can already see the beautiful picture begin to reveal itself to me as God continues to put all the right puzzle pieces into all the right places.