When we celebrated Christmas we welcomed once again the Christ Child who came to bring peace and goodwill to all of us. On January 6th, we will celebrate Epiphany, the coming of the three wise men or Magi who traveled from a faraway country to worship the Christ Child, a reminder that the wise still worship the Christ Child. It also tells us that we are connected by the same thread even though we may come from a different cultural background.
We also have to thank the Lord for watching over us during the year that has passed. The fact that we are alive is a huge blessing. As the saying goes, “Where there is life there is hope.” This hope is not mere hope or wishful thinking; this hope is based on the promises of God.
In addition, we should continue to ignite our faith by connecting to God in a special way, such as more praying and studying of the Scriptures. As we forge ahead into the New Year we must find a way to connect ourselves to the Lord. As the Scripture says, “Behold, God is about to do a new thing” so we don’t have to focus on the past. God gives us the New Year so we can look forward, not backward. So many things are uncertain. This is because we cannot predict the future, but the one constant in our new year is God. God is our ever-present help in time of trouble. Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
That is why we need new expectations because God is about to do something new. We should have expectations for provisions, protection, healing, peace, joy, and whatever else we may need. We should also expect some pleasant surprises along the way because God is about to do new things in your life and in my life in 2019. This is what the Lord promises and His promises are true. Amen. I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Expect a new thing!
Be blessed in the Lord!