The year was packed with ups and downs uncertainties and disappointments. One of which was the death of my father in law and me crashing into a tree after the funeral, as the year draws to a close.
As I look back over the year I can’t help but wonder how I made it through it. I am reminded of Lamentation 3.20-23.
I recalled disappointments felt over unanswered prayers, family squabbles, financial worries, relationship concerns. The list is endless.
But then I recalled God’s goodness, it is because of His great faithfulness we are not consumed. Because of His great Compassion towards us.
I reflected over His great deliverance when I had the accident.
His great Healing when I was sick.
His great, love when I wandered off on my own.
His great forgiveness when I sinned.
His great provision when we were broke.
His protection from all danger.
He has been good to us because our hope is in Him. Throughout 2017, our hope was in the Lord, we looked to him and our countenance was enlighten.
As you look back over 2017, over unanswered prayers, unfulfilled desires, disappointment, over loved ones, failed relationships, your heart may become heavy from the thought of going into another year with those uncertainties. You are left wondering when will it be Lord, how long Lord.
Be encouraged by this scriptures, we are still here because of the Lord's great love.
His compassion never fails, they are new every morning.
He is good to those whose hope is in Him. Trust Him for 2018, and as you do, you will experience His goodness.
Reflect over 2017, in what way has the Lord delivered you? There may still be some unanswered prayers, but can you find areas where he’s come through for you?
Be encouraged by His great faithfulness in those areas as you look forward to the New Year.
Happy New Year.