#fearingthenewyear

Most people are anxious for the new year. They cannot wait for what 2017 will bring them. They are anticipating more money, a job promotion, getting engaged or married, having kids, or maybe just a boyfriend. 

I was this way too you know, until this year. 

My plans for the last few years, have been to purchase a house for my family, start traveling and meet my future husband. Which neither of them are bad, but they just haven't been in God's plans. 

Fear took over me the last few weeks. If you read #justmyluck, you will understand why. The year 2015 and 2016 have not been my best years. 

I remember being really thrilled anticipating what the Lord had for me. The first three months were great! God even talked to me by an evangelist that the desires of my heart had been heard and that they will soon come true. I was starting to seek God even more than ever before. Have I received any of those blessings? No! 

What I received were just sufferings, one after another. 

The Lord keeps bringing up Jeremiah 29:11

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.
— https://www.biblegateway.com

But terror has overcome me not knowing what are God's plans for me during this new year. Will there be more adversity? Or will the desire's of my heart once and for all be heard? 

His plans might be uncertain, but I know that Romans 8:28 says;

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
— https://www.biblegateway.com

And Deuteronomy 7:9 says;

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
— https://www.biblegateway.com

So you see, we can be assured that He keeps his promises. And one day we are going to feel so foolish that we cried and we questioned Him for what He was doing, not knowing that this was getting us ready for our blessing. If you might be going through a lot of affliction and it seems to never end, just remember that the bigger the trial, the bigger the blessing to come, here and in eternity. 

James 1:12 says;

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
— https://www.biblegateway.com

So lets choose to live one day at a time and put our plans and fears to rest and let God have control of this new year. 

 

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