From major political and policy changes to a slew of celebrity deaths, 2016 was a whirlwind year. Now, with 2017 just days away, many of us are experiencing a myriad of emotions: hope, expectation, excitement - and for some, anxiety and uncertainty over what the future will hold. While we don't know what the new year will bring, one thing is certain: God promises to never leave us or forsake us - and He always remains faithful to His word. Amid an ever-changing culture, He remains the same. Take comfort in that truth!
As we approach 2017, let's remember to look to God's Word for direction, instruction, and encouragement. Here are ten Bible verses to us to reflect on as we ring in the New Year.
Bible Verses for the New Year
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Cor. 5:17
"You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance." Ps. 65:11
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11
"And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Rev. 21:5
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lam. 3:22-23
"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead." Phil. 3:13
"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Is. 40:31
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Prov. 3:5-6
"May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Ps. 20:4