Welcome, 2013! It is a new year, a new day, and that feeling of new beginnings is all around. For many, ringing in a new year means hopes of a better year. As I said in this post, we felt like 2012 followed the pattern of a specific bible verse. While we love having our eyes on God (and intend to keep our eyes on Him!), we decided to pick our own verse for 2013. I went through each book of the bible trying to find a 20:13 I liked, but my wonderful husband came to me with Isaiah 61, and said he wanted to claim it over our 2013.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations.
5 Foreigners will be your servants.
They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields
and tend your vineyards.
6 You will be called priests of the Lord,
ministers of our God.
You will feed on the treasures of the nations
and boast in their riches.
7 Instead of shame and dishonor,
you will enjoy a double share of honor.
You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice.
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be recognized
and honored among the nations.
Everyone will realize that they are a people
the Lord has blessed.”
10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit
or a bride with her jewels.
11 The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.
Everyone will praise him!
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,
with plants springing up everywhere.
Well, I don’t know about you, but that sounds great to me.
I can’t honestly say I know what 2013 holds for me and my family, but I do know one thing.
I serve a good God. A loving God. An Almighty God who is a good Father and who is King over everything in my life. A Daddy who has plans for our lives – to prosper us and to give us a hope and a future. I’ll be clinging to that most of all, this year and every year. But a little Isaiah 61 wouldn’t be too bad, either 😉
What are your hopes for 2013?