“Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous.”
Joshua 1:2-3, 5-6
Now then, get ready! The new year spreads out before you like uncharted territory. Just flip to the pages of next year’s calendar and look at all the empty blocks of days. Tonight at midnight you’ll cross over into something new, like crossing the Jordan River. Tonight is a river of no return. Sounds a little like Canaan land, wouldn’t you say? We could paraphrase today’s verse: “Get ready to cross into the new year that I am about to give to you.” And listen to the next line: “I will give you every place where you set your foot”!
Got that? God is about to give you the next twelve months. He will give you every place where you set foot (God doesn’t present opportunities only to snatch them away). Thing is, you must step into them. God-blessed opportunities do not become yours until you take them. The land of Canaan was promised to the Israelites, but they had to step out and claim the ground.
God has great things in store for you during the coming year. He will open doors and clear paths. He will nudge you this way and that. “Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isa. 30:21 KJV). Wherever God leads, whatever opportunities he places in your path…step into them.
We look at the new year as the future. God looks at it as the past. This is why we can have confidence about the coming months—God’s already been there! So, friend, Happy New Year!
Thank you, Lord, for all you did this year…and all you will do in the next. I’m ready to step out into every God-blessed opportunity you give.