I Will Look Up

What Does This Song Say?

As a new year begins we cannot help but look back at the year that has just come to a conclusion. How did we live the last year? How did we succeed or fail in the last year? Are there things we wish we could have changed? Ultimately, we are looking to see if there are things we can change about ourselves moving forward in the new year.

There are many things that all of us wish we could have done differently in the past year, or events and circumstances we with we could have avoided or changed. The hard truth is that we can’t. But we can change the way we are going to live and act in the next year; this is why New Year’s Resolutions are so popular – we all have this lingering hope for a better future. God challenges us every single day to live differently from the previous day, to live differently than the world around us. God challenges us to renew our commitment to Him every single day and expect to interact with the living God.

How do we interact with the living God? Scripture and prayer.

Through God’s Word and prayer we come into closer relationship with God. Through God’s Word and prayer we can learn to trust this great God who holds all things together. All the worries of this world can be placed at the feet of our Savior when we put all our trust in our living, breathing, resurrected Savior. All of our anxiety for what the future holds goes by the wayside when we realize that God is working all things together for the good of those who love Him. Proverbs 16:9 says, The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” God holds all things and has the long game in mind – God wins in the end and in the end we get to share in the victory because of the sacrifice of Christ.

In this next year I urge you to take time to quiet yourself and reflect on the faithfulness of God. Learn more about God. Learn more about yourself. Learn how to trust God because “there is none above [Him].” Bow down to God out of love and reverence. Look back over your life, from the distant past to the immediate past, and see how God has been faithful, where He sustained and empowered you through the hard times and led you in the good times. Finally, stay connected to God so that you can look to the future with confidence and run the race set out for you with assurance that God is leading your every step and is always with you. The Father who sent His Son to bring us back to Him has sent His Spirit to guide us make us more and more like Him.

In 2019 let us all look up, bow down, look back, and look forward trusting that God holds it all.

Scripure

Psalm 55:22

22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

Psalm 86:7-8

7-8 “In the day of my trouble I call upon You, for You answer me. There is none like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours.”

Psalm 103:2-3

2-3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.”

Proverbs 16:9

9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Isaiah 9:6

6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 26:3

3 “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Philippians 4:6-7

6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 1:17

17 “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

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