Stretching Forward into 2023

Our hearts are are so full and grateful as we reflect on 2022 and greatly anticipate 2023. God has been so good to us. We are so grateful for the privilege of serving our Savior at home and abroad.

Looking to the future without fear is only possible with the saving grace of God and the anchor of His Word. This is how we prepare to enter a new year.

The New Year is absolutely one of my cherished seasons annually. It’s a time for expansions, stretching, and new beginnings–a time to let go of what’s in the past, and lean into fresh hope with faith for what lies ahead. 

There’s no book in the world entirely that’s more inspiring and hopeful than the Bible. For those of us that desire a jolt of faith in the new year, there’s no better place to start than the Scriptures.

Let’s look at a few Bible verses that can give us a renewed sense of purpose and hope, wonder, and faith in 2023. 

According to Jewish tradition, the start of the new year is traditionally celebrated in September or October during Rosh haShanah and the High Holy days. Rosh Hashanah also marks the beginning of “The Days of Awe,” a 10-day period of “repentance and introspection.” The final day is Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. In Judaism, these are two of the most important holidays of the year. Though we might celebrate the new year during a different month than in the Bible–and though most of us may not partake in Jewish traditions during this time, there is much to glean from biblical Jewish traditions. Taking stock of the past to learn with humility and repentance prepares us like nothing else prepares us for a fresh season. The new year serves as a poignant and inspiring time for followers of Christ.

The Bible is full of verses that encourage us to look ahead to the future with hope. Throughout Scripture, we are continually reminded to put our hope in God, let go of the past, and live with joyful anticipation for the coming of Jesus.

Bible Verses About Letting Go of the Past & Looking to the Future

The Bible often encourages us to let go of what isn’t helpful and press on ahead to the future. 

1. Isaiah 43:18-19

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

2. Philippians 3:13-14

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

3. Proverbs 4:25-27

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

4. Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

5. Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Bible Verses About Hope for the Future

The Bible always, always encourages us to hope for the future. 

6. Isaiah 65:17-19

See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.

I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.

7. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

8. Romans 5:3-5

And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

9. 1 Peter 5:10

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

10. Ephesians 1:18-19

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. 

Bible Verses About Strengthening Yourself for the Future

The Bible does not encourage a passive faith, but a faith that actively presses into the truth of Scripture and the strength of God.  

11. Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

12. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

13. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

14. Hebrews 12:12-13

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,”so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

15. Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Bible Verses About What to Expect for the Future

Finally, the Bible tells us what to expect for the future as believers in Christ. 

16. Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

17. James 1:12

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

18. Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

19. Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

20. Proverbs 3:5-6

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.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. emilyanncarter2017 says:

    This is so beautiful! Hope and longing in the Lord now and in the future!
    Merry CHRISTmas!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Thank you, dear Emily!

  3. ygerdt says:


    Thank you for reminding and encouraging us to let go of the past in order to enter into our future hope, our eternal victory with and in Christ!
    Believing, declaring, and decreeing His blessings and promises!

    Much love,

    1. Bonnie says:

      Love you and your lovely family!

      1. Bonnie says:

        Thank you!

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