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Expecting a better year

By Reverend Tom Polk
Jones Swamp
PH Church
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We have the tendency to think that no one faces the same temptations, challenges, or storms as we do. Sometimes it feels like we are in a never-ending struggle just to keep our heads above water, and it seems that God is far away. This is when discouragement shows up and tells us, ‘what’s the use of trying anymore?’ When we are discouraged, it’s easy to want to quit and stop doing what God has called us to do for him. Just because things don’t work out exactly how we planned them does not mean that God is not at work in our lives.
In Haggai 2, the nation of Israel faced discouragement. It seemed strange since the nation was rebuilding the temple after exile, and had just finished a feast celebrating how God brought their ancestors out of bondage from Egypt. These should have been days in which the people were encouraged, but the people felt that the new temple did not compare to Solomon’s Temple. Then the Lord speaks and says that the glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house.
We make the same mistake. Our perspective can be wrong because, instead of looking forward, we look back at yesterday. Often, we see only the good and gloss over the hard stuff. What was God telling His people? The best is yet to come! God wants us to see His perspective by looking to the future with hope. Don’t let your perspective get trapped in the “good old days”. The best is yet to come! The Faith thing to do is get up, get on and get over it! You need to leave the failure and go to the future. Your situation may say that’s the end, but your faith says it’s not over! The devil is a liar. Your future will be greater than your past! Your best days are yet to come!

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