Proverbs 4:18 (NKJV)
Have you ever bought a product that claimed to be better than before but you found out that it actually wasn't any different? Have you ever updated an app only to find out that the supposedly improved version of the app was really the same as what you had before, or maybe even worse? Sometimes with what we buy, the things we use, and even in our life it seems like we get stuck or hit a high point and go down after that; it seems that things do not get better and better but they either stay the same or they get worse. Sometimes that's how things are, but is that the way they should be?
Some Christians seem to view their relationship with God like being on a treadmill. Something is happening, there is some activity going on, sometimes things move faster or slower, but it is all pretty much the same year after year. Even though there may be highs and lows, things are not too much different today for some believers in their walk with God than they were last year, or maybe things even seem worse. But we can, and should, have a better relationship with God and a better Christian life today and in the next year than we ever did in the past; that is how God wants us to live.
Proverbs 4 talks about the path of the just, their course in life, getting brighter and brighter. As Christians, those who are justified and made right with God through the blood of Jesus, our life should improve each year and never stagnate, and definitely not get worse. Our relationship with God can have a greater depth this year than last year, we can learn more, give more, and do more than ever before because God's plan for us is to improve and develop year after year. Expect your life to be brighter this year than ever before as you continue to develop in your walk with God and His plan for your life.