New Year comes with an advertising bombardment of offers for gym memberships, diet plans and strategy books on lifestyle improvements. Advertisers know it’s a time when we think about the year ahead, our ambitions and dreams, hopes and fears for the future. Many of us make resolutions that this year will be better than the last and if you’re anything like me you’ve broken them by day two.
When it comes to thinking about what our lives will look like in the year ahead, what the future of Stockport will be, what is the best thing to base our hopes on? There’s nothing wrong with having a new strategy or joining a gym but we all know that these new year resolutions can’t provide us with the stability we need for something we’re going to base the future of our lives on. We’re so easily disappointed when willpower inevitably gives in and we default on the promises we made ourselves.
The wound of this disappointment can easily get infected with doubt and unbelief, leaving us with a sense of hopelessness. We set out with was such a clear sense of hope for the year ahead. We made the simple mistake of placing our trust in something that was never able to sustain the hope we carried. If we’re going to base our lives on a hope for the year ahead it needs to be stronger than just wishful thinking.
No matter what we face this year, whatever challenge or obstacle comes our way, we can have a hope that will sustain us through it all, a hope that is based on something strong and stable enough to carry us through any ups and downs the year may hold. We can base our lives on God’s promises which give us a certain hope. God who is all powerful and cannot lie, promises that his plan is to prosper us, to give us hope and a future. Now that is something strong enough to base our lives on for the year to come. As a local Church community we know that Stockport has a bright future because of this hope.
All the advertising in the world can’t guarantee that the latest offers will be able to carry us through, but God promises can!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”