Hopes for 2021

The Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.” Abram put his faith in the lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. Genesis 15:5-6

This bible passage has always been one of my favorites. A lot of people don’t realize that when God takes Abram outside, it’s daytime. You can’t see the stars during the day. However, Abram, or Abraham, the father of faith, portrays one of the best examples of blind faith. He can’t see the stars, but knows there are millions of stars in the night sky. Knowing this, he trusts in the Lord even though he can’t see them when God takes him to look at the sky to count the stars.

“Look up at the sky and count the stars if you can. Just so, ” he added, “shall your descendants be.”

— Genesis 15:5-6

Blind faith. Knowing and trusting without seeing. God has a plan for each of us, even though we can’t see it. We don’t know where he’ll take us at any given time, but we have to trust and have faith knowing that God knows where he’s taking us even if we can’t see it. We can’t see why certain things happen or why we’re put in certain situations but God knows why. We should strive to be like Abraham, trusting in our Lord so fully that even when we can’t see we have faith in His goodness and promises.

As we enter a new year, place your trust in God’s plan for you. Take the start of a new year as a new opportunity to grow in faith and grow closer to God. Seek His face, turn your ear to His voice, and open your heart to Him.

2020 tested me to grow in prayer and place my trust in God amidst uncertainty. As 2021 arrives, my hope is to grow closer to God through scripture. In college, as I started to grow in my faith, it was scripture that helped me strengthen my relationship with God. I pray that this year I’ll be able to dive further into scripture and come to know the Lord deeper. How do you hope to grow closer to God this year?

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