This is Going to be MY Year

In last weeks post I shared the typical catch phrases of the New Year...

"New Year New Me"

"This is going to be MY year".

"I resolve to" which time I focused upon the spiritual implications of "New Year New Me".  You can read about it here.

This week, I'd like to take a look at a New Year's phrase that, in  my opinion, is becoming more and more prevalent, and that is "This is going to be MY year."  

By the world's standards, this phrase seems to indicate that people have control over the upcoming year to be filled with "sunshine and unicorns".   Now it's certainly nice to have a positive outlook for the New Year.  I'm not at all implying that we should enter the new year preparing for "doom and destruction".   

Having a "This is going to be MY year" mindset can also imply that a person feels they are owed a good year.

I confess that I can join in with that mindset.  For me, 2017 was not a great year, by the flesh's standards. 

And to be honest, I grumbled through the first few days of 2018.  Nothing seemed to be going right...

Which is pretty ironic since I spent the first days of 2018 reading through the Book of Exodus - twice.  I think that book could be subtitled, "The Book of Grumblings".  

The Israelites had been in bondage in Egypt for 400 years after which time God sent Moses to bring them out of Egypt away from their oppressors to a land flowing with milk and honey; the  land He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob hundreds of years before.    

Their freedom was marked by 40 years in the desert where the Israelites continually grumbled and complained about their circumstances and desired to go back to Egypt, even if it meant bondage.  Moses himself complained when God told him to be His spokesperson to Pharoah, and also grumbled to God about the Israelites complaints.   

I was so struck by God's incredible patience and how He relented time and time again.

As I reflected upon the Israelites time of bondage and time in the desert, it occurred to me that those trials did not make God's promise any less valid.  His promise was just as true then as it was the day He made it to Abraham.  But the Israelites let their circumstances cloud that promise.

Yet not only did God ALWAYS intend to keep His promise, He was testing the Israelites, in Love, for the purpose of showing His power and reliability to them, AND to strengthen them.

How often do we let the promises of God become clouded to the point of disappearing when we go through fiery trials.  Yup, this is me over here raising my hand...

Something else struck me about the Israelites time in the desert, God was always with them!  

For throughout all their journeys, 
the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, 
and there was fire in it by night, 
in the sight of all the house of Israel.
Exodus 40:38

But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. "For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior
Isaiah 43:1-3

He never left them alone.  He heard their cries when they were in bondage and He accompanied them throughout their time in the desert.  He would be their constant companion as He ushered them toward the fulfillment of His promise. 

And so it is for us, His children.  All of God's promises are yes and Amen in Christ Jesus.  God is with us every step of the way as He ushers us to each fulfilled promise.

As I was closing out reading my Streams in the Desert devotion for the year, an encouragement was offered to "put your finger on God's promises and say, 'It is mine'."  As those promises come to fruition, record them as a memorial and write, "fulfilled to me".    What an amazing end of year exercise to do!

I wish I could say that we were all going to have a 2018 free from trials, but we know that this side of Heaven that will never be the case.  But that doesn't mean we can't look toward 2018 without hope and anticipation.   God will do an amazing work in and through us; RE-newing us daily - ESPECIALLY through the trials...   Take heart...

for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. 
He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6b

Instead of saying "This is Going to be MY Year", let us proclaim, "Lord, this is YOUR year".  For our times are in His hands to walk in the works He has prepared for us to do.

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  1. Hi Karen, wow such a profound post. Yes, I agree, let us pray 2018 is God's year in our lives. Great encouragement
    God bless

    1. Hi Tracy, Thank you for your kind words.

      I just realized something that back in the day, each year was referred to as "in the year of our Lord". He is indeed the God of every year.


      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Oh, my friend! I needed this encouragement tonight! I am right here raising my hand right along with you in response to your question, "How often do we let the promises of God become clouded to the point of disappearing when we go through fiery trials." It seems that I can hardly catch my breath these days in between fiery trials, and I tell you, I am feeling so defeated, and YES the promises of God are looking very cloudy and seeming to disappear. I am clinging to His unchanging hand with all my might and hoping for better days ahead. You always encourage me SO much, dear friend. I cannot thank the Lord enough for you and your obedience to His will to write and share what He places upon your heart. May He bless you abundantly! Sending much love and hugs to you. :)

    1. Hi Cheryl, Praising God you found encouragement here at just the right time.

      I'm so sorry you and your family are walking such a difficult road, but rejoice with you that our God is unchanging and He is leading you to your Promised Land and is with you every step of the way.

      Your words of encouragement touch me so much.

      Sending you much love and gratitude.

  3. "God is with us every step of the way as He ushers us to each fulfilled promise." Amen. Great post, Karen! Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #SittingAmongFriends

    1. Gayl, Thanks for your kind words. I always enjoy your visits. :-)


  4. Amen! My resolution this year 2018 is to do all things for the glory of God, especially the things I usually complain about. : ) I find when I do things for Him first and foremost, I'm more thankful and grateful. Thanks for sharing this encouragement!

    1. Cathy, Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a wonderful resolution for 2018!

      You are very welcome!

  5. Amen! My one word for 2018 is surrender. I want to remember this is God's year.

    1. Debbie, Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a wonderful God-focused and God-trusting word. :-)


  6. I like the thought of giving the year to the Lord and focusing on His way this year instead of our own.

    1. Thank you for visiting. Indeed, our year would be blessed when dedicated to the Lord.

  7. Prayers that everyone makes it their year with the help of the Lord always. I like, as you say, he is with us every step of the way. Thanks for sharing.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

    1. Pea Bea, Amen!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed your visit. :-)

      You're welcome!

  8. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!


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