Word for the Year. If I tell you now, will you continue reading? Haha! Of course, you will! So, if you promise to keep reading, I’ll share God’s magnificent word for me in 2024. It’s funny how God provides me with a word for each Year. Sometimes, I’m praying feverishly until New Year’s Eve, seeking a word from God. And then there are years like last Year when God makes it clear early in December what His word for me in 2024 is.
After several decades of goal setting and planning for my work, I was introduced to seeking a word from God to carry me through the Year. Since I had been fired from my last sales and marketing managerial job, I figured, let’s try something new!
With that in mind, seeking a word from God each Year is dramatically different from how I lived before 2015: no more sales graphs and flow charts. Weekly, monthly, and quarterly projections are things of the past. Now, I look forward to leaning into God’s word for me throughout each Year in good and bad times.
2024 Word for the Year.
FAITHFUL. When God first made my word for 2024 known to me, I thought it pointed me to Lamentations. This passage praises the faithfulness of God. It is one of my favorite passages of scripture in the Bible. I get goosebumps of joy every time I read the verses from Lamentations 3.
However, in preparing for 2024, God surprised me with how HE wants me to approach the word “faithful.” There is more to just believing in the faithfulness of God. My Father in Heaven wants me to LIVE FAITHFULLY this Year. For the remainder of this post, I will share how and where God desires me to be “Faithful.” See if any of these resonate with you for 2024.
Faithful in my Prayer Life
Several years ago, when I was working on my prayer book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life, my baby sister told me about PrayerMate. PrayerMate is an app you can download for free to help you remain consistent in your prayers.
Let me say this: I love the app! I have family members, friends, extended family, and specific prayer requests entered on PrayerMate. Here are a few other things in this app that I pray for regularly. Peace in Israel and Ukraine. Leadership in this country at all levels. Missionaries both here in America and those abroad. I even have specific requests that I pray for close friends and some from strangers. I pray for the salvation of those I love and care about.
Another great thing about the app is setting up daily phone reminders. Even though I have prayer time early in the morning, I receive an alert from PrayerMate at noon every day. So, I can stop and pray for everyone again right then. I share this because recently, my baby sister was in a three-car accident on her way to pick up her husband with five kids in tow.
After learning that they were okay, one of my first thoughts was that I was glad they received a double shot of prayers that day!
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. Colossians 1:9-10. (NLT)
Faithful in My Bible Reading
After recommitting my life to Christ on September 9th, 2012, I no longer wanted to “cherry-pick” my bible reading. I wanted to try to read the entire Bible in one Year. I didn’t want to miss one nugget of truth or a God-spoken promise. So, for 2013, I purchased a John MacArthur Daily Reading Bible. I was so excited! Reading through and seeing the Bible in its totality was fun.
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8. (NLT)
I continued reading through it every Year for about seven or eight years. That Bible is being held together with packing tape and overflows with sticky notes and highlighted passages. I cherish that Bible because I feel that’s where my spiritual growth began to soar!
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3.
I share these scripture passages from Joshua 1 and Psalm 1 to remind myself and encourage you to guard against complacency when reading God’s Word. When we task ourselves to “read through the Bible,” it can be easy to become lax in our reading habits over time. Doing as God implores and meditating on His Word is essential. Look at the context of each passage and honestly ask ourselves what this means for us today. Plead with the Lord for Him to reveal what He wants us to see as we read the Bible.
At the end of those consecutive years of reading through the Bible, I wanted to “change things up.” I discovered a year-long devotional by Billy Graham and began reading through that. I also signed up for daily devotional newsletters from some of my favorite Bible teachers and pastors. Their devotionals were biblically based, inspiring, enlightening, and informative.
Back in the saddle. I replaced my tattered and colorful daily reading Bible with one by the late great Dr. Charles Stanley. In 2024, I’m enjoying going through the Bible again daily. Genesis has been exhilarating! From creation to the Fall of Adam and Eve, the first murder in the Bible. And then we have faithful old Noah, the introduction of Abraham, and one of my favorites, the fascinating story of Joseph! I still read some devotions, too, but I am going through the Bible again, and it feels fantastic!
Faithful in My Relationships
Relationships. Where do I begin? We face varying relationships, whether it’s family or friends, co-workers or colleagues. But first, I understand relationships can be challenging. Did I mention children, siblings, and maybe even parents? What about our fellow church members, too? Everywhere we turn, we are forced to navigate relationships.
They can also be rewarding, comforting, encouraging, and enlightening. I didn’t struggle with my relationships as a teen. (Or that’s at least what I thought.) I was self-driven and motivated, and I mainly focused on athletics. I had a few close friends, but I kept my circle small. I’ve dated two women who changed how I viewed my relationships. They are the most selfless people I’ve ever known. I thank God for allowing them to bless my life. I met them at different times, so the resulting impact varies.
It’s easy to want to point fingers and blame the “other” individual in a relationship. But it takes time and effort to manage your relationships in a Christlike manner. Think how marvelously different the world would be if we treated others like Jesus did! No judging, pointing fingers, and no ulterior motives. Wow! Click To Tweet
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32.
I’m not naive enough to believe that Jesus expects me to “be faithful” in 2024, all on my own. No, He wants me to lean on, rely on, and depend on His strength to live in a way that glorifies Him. I’m not trying to be “perfect” because I am far from it! But you and I can commit to living “FAITHFUL” this Year. Who knows, maybe our relationships will improve, our attitudes will broaden, and our joy will be complete.
So, whatever your word for 2024 is, I pray that you will embrace it fully and ask God to help you every day to live your life to the fullest, taking advantage of the opportunities He provides. Have a blessed, wonderful, enlightening, and fantastic New Year! I pray that you leave 2024 behind a better servant than when you entered. In Jesus’ name…
Horace W Jr.
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Horace Williams Jr is the oldest son of a pastor who went to be with Jesus in 2020. He is an award-winning author and amateur chef who loves Jesus Christ. His passion for Christ inspires readers to draw nearer to the God who loves them.