I chose this verse for New Year’s Day because it speaks of “future” and “hope.” Not only a future and a hope but a blessing wherein God says he plans to prosper and not harm us. Happy Day! Life is going to be a piece of cake from now on. I am going to have a ton of money and be joyous in the future that awaits me. Well, it may not be that easy.
As I was reading a few commentaries on this verse, I found that Jeremiah was writing to God’s people who were in exile. They did not have a carefree life; they were outcasts. I am sure, at that time, this verse was a blessing of comfort to the people who received it, as it was for me when I faced the betrayal at the hands of my husband and demise of my decade’s long marriage. I leaned heavily on this verse to get me through each day, each minute. I do believe the context of the scripture and that God does want us to have a wonderful future and hope for each day.
In one writing I found that to prosper means that we grow in relationship with God. (..but if you have any extra cash God I will take that too:-) I also believe God is the hope for our future, our today, and for the life after this one.
As I look forward to 2018 I have no idea what to expect. There have been many unexpected twists and turns that I could have never predicted. Regardless of what road we find ourselves on, I think we can prosper in our relationship with God and through that relationship grow in character and faith. I believe God is our hope and future and for that, I am thankful.
Happy 2018 and God Bless
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9