Year of Increase
Isaiah 54:3 "For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited."
The above verse is the promise verse for the New Year 2017 and our Lord Jesus promises that his children will be blessed with an increase. As a part of today's meditation, let us see the different increase that our Lord Jesus is going to bless us in this New Year.
An increase in victory
I Samuel 2:1 "And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation."
Over here in this passage we see the prayer of Hannah. When she begins to pray, her heart rejoices. Despite of all the problems that she was facing in her life, Hannah was able to rejoice in the presence of God. Even in our lives, many of us are like Hannah who are afflicted and helpless. Today, the Lord says 'there will be an increase in the victory'. Our Lord Jesus is going to give us a victory in front of all that are against us. In Psalm 4:1 'Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.' As stated rightly in this verse, our Lord God is going to bless his children with a blessing of enlargement. This year is going to be a year where we the children of God will never be afflicted. All our prayers are going to be answered swiftly. Also, this year our Lord Jesus will bless his children with the blessing of babies. An increase in the victory will be given to the children of God this year.
An increase in reward
II Samuel 22:20-21 "He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me."
We see here our Lord God not only brings his children to a large place but also rewards them according to their righteousness. Even in our lives, we might have helped a lot of people without expecting anything in return. This year the Lord God says 'there will be a reward for all our earnest efforts'. This year our Lord Jesus is going to give his children many rewards in their work spots. Some of us might be murmuring that our efforts and help are not identified or acknowledged. Our Lord promises that this year there will surely be an increase in our rewards.
An increase in wisdom
I Kings 4:29-30 "And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt."
Here on the above passage we see that the Lord God is giving wisdom to King Solomon. We the children of the Lord will be blessed with an increase in wisdom. The wisdom of his children will undergo a rapid transformation. In Colossians 2:3,9 'In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.' As we all know that the Lord that we worship is greater than Solomon and he will bless us with his divine wisdom. This blessing of increase in wisdom will be so effective that our financial statuses and business undertakings will move forward to the next level.
An increase in our ways
II Samuel 22:37 "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip."
This year is going to be a year that leads us into many different ways. Our Lord Jesus will open new doors for us. All the doors that were shut will be kept open for his children. There will be an enlargement in the ways that we are travelling and our Lord Jesus will guide and guard us. Our ways will be enlarged exclusively for our convenience.
An increase in coasts/borders
I Chronicles 4:10 "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested."
Here we see about the prayer of Jabez. Interestingly, the prayer and the answer takes place in one single passage itself. The Lord grants all what Jabez requests from him. Even in our lives, we might have few obstacles that prevent us from enlarging our borders. But this year our Lord says he is going to bless us with an increase in our coasts. Many of us are going to buy new lands and properties in this year. This year will be also be an inheritance to his children.
An increase in abundance
Job 8:7 "Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase."
This year there will be an increase in abundance says the Lord. We might have nothing when we started off things, but in the end there will be an abundance. For all those who say they have nothing in life, our Lord says 'I am blessing you with an increase in abundance.' Whatever be the way how we have started things in life, our Lord blesses the end with an abundance.
An increase in prosperity
Psalm 66:12 "Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place."
As recorded in the above passage, our Lord brings us in the place of prosperity. This year the hands of God wipes away all the dry areas in our lives. Our Lord Jesus promises that there will be an increase in prosperity in the lives of his children. We will be led in the way of prosperity.
Therefore let us all pray to God that our lives shall witness all the above dealt blessings in this year. Let his divine grace fill our lives all through this year and bless us with an enlargement.