I prayed in those last few weeks of 2015 over my “one word” for 2016. It’s not a prophecy or a magic trick. It’s just a way to quiet the noise and ask God what He wants to do in the new year. How can I join Him? How can I prepare my heart for His intentions?
While I knew the idea of what I wanted, I couldn’t find that One Word to pull it all together
I wanted it to be about seeing God complete His work. He’s stirred my heart in new directions, turned over soil, planted new seeds. He’s closed doors and asked me to step down from long-term commitments. He’s begun the work, and now I long to see the fulfilment of His promises, His plans, and the desires He’s placed on my heart.
Completion. Fruition. Harvest.
But there’s more.
I want to be fulfilled in Him, not always longing for more or discontent with what He’s already given. He is enough for me. I am sated and satisfied in Christ. I am humble and grateful and overcome by His goodness.
Then I read one of my favorite verses in the Christmas story and I knew in that one breathless moment that this was it, where I needed to fix my attention in 2016:
And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1:45 NET
Here are 10 other verses to remind us that God fulfills His promises, He completes His work, and He does not abandon His plans for us.
- Joshua 21:45 NIV
Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
- Joshua 23:14 NIV
“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
- Proverbs 13:12 NIV
- Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
- Proverbs 13:19 NIV
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.
- Jeremiah 1:12 NIV
The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
- Lamentations 2:17a NIV
The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago…
- Ezekiel 12:28 NIV
“Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
- Luke 1:38 NIV
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
- Philippians 1:6 NIV
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
- Galatians 6:9 NIV
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.