Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Have you ever had something happen that was not exactly what you had hoped for, or even what you might have expected? For example, maybe you asked someone to do something for you and it did not work out or you tried to do something that in the end did not succeed. Someone might say, "Well, what did you expect? That is how things always work out". Sometimes things happen in a way that, if we were honest, it is about what we thought would happen and we did not really expect anything different. We start with some hope and an expectation, but we honestly don't expect too much to happen.
Every December, before the next year begins, people start to have some expectations about the coming year. It is a strange thing that sometimes people's hopes and expectations are based solely on the changing of the calendar year, as though this is the only time that things can change. But, people have some hope that things can be better next year than they were this last year. The problem is that if people were honest, they are really only hoping and there is no actual, positive, biblical expectation of things improving. The good news is that with God things can always improve and we always have a reason to have hope and a positive expectation.
In Hebrews 10:23 it talks about holding on to our confession of hope; the Greek word that is used here means an expectation. No matter where we are now, where we have been, or what happened in this last year, we can have a positive expectation that with God's help things will be better next year. As we move into the New Year we should all place a positive expectation on the future. Find out what the Bible has to say about you and your life and then make that your confession for the next year. No matter how things look, we have a faithful God who is interested and willing to work in our lives. Expect things to be better next year and believe for the best in life!