Starting a new year or any new venture really, is always tough! There is excitement and plans and resolutions, hopes and goals, things we want to achieve. Sometimes especially if we’ve had similar plans and resolutions in years past, we have doubts about the new year. Will we be able to meet our goals? Will we achieve what we’ve set out to do? Where are we even going in life? If you’re in anyway like me, doubts about little things can escalate into doubts about major things like how well I know myself and what my purpose is in life- major philosophical questions! 

If ever in doubt about your situation or where your life is going or about anything even as basic as what to do next (in other words, if you thirst), seek out the Lord (to satisfy your thirst) for your solutions. This is THE TRUTH! 

It might sound like a philosophical answer but SERIOUSLY go to the Lord with your problems, genuinely relinquish them to Him, recognizing that you are limited in your human ability and understanding and trust that He will and is ever sufficient to satisfy your needs. Yes fellow worrier, no “giving your situation over to God” and then still stressing and fretting over “what next” or “how He will help you.” Nope. Giving the stresses, doubts and concerns to God means TRUSTING God that once you’ve given over to Him, His Holy Spirit will fill you and inspire you and guide you and direct you and help you and bless you exceedingly, abundantly to overflowing with solutions, answers,support, guidance, resources, ideas, whatever it is you need! Believe in Him because He is sufficient.

So let us enter the New Year (or our new venture) with faith. We are not promised a smooth and easy road, but we are assured that we won’t go it alone! Our Mighty God, Redeemer and Friend, is holding our hand through it all!

John 7:37-39 (MSG)

On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)