Hey! Happy New Year to all my readers! Just a quick update of where I am in life: It’s a new year and a new season for me. It will be the first year where I work in an office. Growing up, I always dreamed to know how work feels and smells like. (Okay. Maybe only “feels like.”) But it excites me to just imagine every possibility of what will happen in an office: meeting new people, signing contracts, working from 8 AM to 5 PM, attending meetings, getting to know the job, using the stapler on papers… It’s amazing! At the same time, I planned that this year will be a year focused on relating to people. I plan to meet up with the people I disciple who I previously led last summer of 2014, build a coaching group filled with young men who are passionate in making disciples wherever they are, and go out and have fun with people. Speaking of going out, I just got my driver’s license. Haha!
This year started with lots of new activities and plans. And as I go through 2015, I can only think of the best is yet to come. God has great promises for me that I am ready to claim. If you read through the Scriptures, He has lots of promises for us. Just to name a few, He has said that he will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) He has also said that not one will withstand us. (Joshua 10:8) And He will give us a wise and discerning heart, wealth and honor, and long life if we walk in obedience to Him and keep His decrees and commands. (1 Kings 3:12-14) He promised us all these. While our God is a Promise-Maker, He is also a Promise-Keeper. Are we willing to take those promises and believe that God will see through it to the end?
One of the places I went to at the start of the year was Baguio. It was freezing. Open the window of the place you are staying in and you get free air-conditioning set to the highest level. That’s how cold it was. And as you can see in the picture below, I am standing on a steel bar that is for the foundations of a house that is being built in the area. Under what I am standing is a huge pit where, if I fall, I can break my bones. So, as I went from a safe land to the place of where I am standing, I was scared. I did not want to end up in the hospital afterwards. What I did was I held the branches of the trees while walking on those steel bars. The branches were not strong enough to carry me. But these were helping me psychologically as an assurance that I am holding on to something. Same goes in life. We have a new year ahead. Lots of challenges await. But in order for us to end up in the place where victory lies we have to hold on to Someone who, unlike the branches, is strong enough to catch us when we fall, bring us to where victory lies, and is assuring us everything will be okay.
As we get to wake up to 2015 and see God’s promises, we can opt to do one of these three things:
- Ignore. We can ignore the fact that God has promises for us and let the year pass without any excitement of the victory that lies ahead. We can be pessimistic and complain, “Last 2014 was terrible, I received lots of failed projects, grades, and activities. Hope 2015 would not be that bad anymore.” Or…
- Simply know. We can know God’s promises and even say, “Yes, I studied all His promises in the Bible cover to cover.” And yet, not believe and trust God that He can do the unexpected and unimaginable way in our lives to grow for the better. Or…
- Trust and Act. We can, not only know God’s promises, but trust God that He will come through for us in joyful and sorrowful situations this year. We can believe that God will do the unexpected and act on what He wants for us this 2015. Not only will we sit and say, “A new year, a new day.” No! Rather, we will be saying, “I will believe that God has great and amazing things in store for me this year. And I am going to claim it and believe that God will make me thrive this 2015 in His will!” Leave what is behind. And move forward to what is ahead. Claim God’s promises. Honor God. For He who promised is faithful.
Maybe there’s a plan you have been dreaming about. And yet, it has not happened for days, months, or even years. I challenge you today, believe that God will give you everything you need this year. Hold on to that dream. Trust God. When you know your dream will honor God and that He is your loving Father, how will it not be answered?
Just as what the verse says,
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
So as you start waking up to 2015, are you choosing to ignore, simply know, or trust and act on what He wants for you this year?