Are you excited for the end of the year and the start of the next year on deck?
We are about to leave 2016 behind and move forward with a hopeful, and prayerfully, a new, fresh start in 2017.
Will you by chance prepare your hearts for glorious things that have not happened yet, as you did prepping your own home with decorations? As many of us do during Christmas time we tend to put up lots of cool, bright and shiny lights and things. Then it is time we turn our attention to the new year and resolutions for the desire of things to come.
Remember the Bible stories of Jesus being followed around with onlookers, gawkers, some hecklers and yet others that desired some quick fixes to their problems. Many did not want to wait, they needed Him right away.
They wanted to see the signs and miracles and feel a thrill of excitement. Today some people come to church or conferences to get pumped up, but mountaintop experiences are always followed by valleys. When hardships or challenges come, such people are quick to abandon the Lord.
We cannot know when someone’s heart will be ready, but God does know, and He is faithful.
If you could ask God for anything, what would it be? Some, often seek contentment by trying to improve their appearance, physical fitness, financial situation or social status or by abusing substances.
The Bible directs us that “prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made … for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1–3).