"Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world. Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You turn man back into dust and say, "Return, O children of men." For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night" (Psalm 90:1-4).
Hey Gang, another year has been placed in the archives of history. I sense that most folks would place the events of the past year in the "O woe is me” column. Fifteen minutes listening to the local newscaster can elevate my blood pressure into the red zone.
It is then that I reread the Scripture of the day and reaffirm that my heart and soul are anchored to the King of kings and Lord of lords. If I did not have that assurance, being the nervous type, I would be a frazzled mess.
But I know that even before time began, God laid out a plan for this earth and for every person on this earth, an irrevocable plan and He has not neglected that plan or forsaken those who are locked into His word and Malachi 3:6 gives me the assurance that “God does not change”. Awesome!
But it is a good time, as we stand between these two years, to do some evaluation of our lives. Looking back and remember some of the events of the year, its high points and its low points; the delights and disappointments that stick out in our memories - new great grand babies, the marriage of a loved one, the opportunity to pray for a brother or sister, and seeing God pour out His healing power on that loved one - all experiences etched in our mind and heart forever.
Looking ahead, do we have new hopes for the New Year? Are we waiting with anticipation, high hopes and new dreams? True, everything that can be shaken is being shaken, but we know that God is still at the helm. God is God and we are not. It is a time when we need to be firmly entrenched in the fact that God is in control and we are not.
Do we not get the idea that we are in control of the important things of life, when, in reality, it is God who controls death and life, day and night, seasons and times? There are mega people in our country today who have seen their lives totally up-dumped by record-making fires, record-making wind, record-breaking floods and they are literally starting over from zilch.
I would like to have the faculties to put Charles Swindoll’s “Four Greats” that should be firmly entrenched in our minds, as the Ball drops on Times Square:
1. We have a Great God! Our God has within Him power to accomplish all things He desires to do.
James wrote these words to help keep our head screwed on right: "Come now, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to sway, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." (James 4:13-15.)
2. God is able to make this a great year! We may be looking at this coming year with fear and trepidation- but keep in mind God can make this year a great year for serving Him
3. Don't be afraid to ask GREAT things of Him. This is where the shoes hit the pavement. If we believe that God can do great things, why don't we ask Him for them?
4. The Lord delights in giving His children GREAT gifts. God loves to give-it's His nature!
Soooo my friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters in Christ, do you believe that God can do great things? What great things have you asked Him for recently?
We wish for each of you that you will have a deeper hunger to know and walk closer to the Lord in this New Year, and submit yourselves to be used by the Lord to spread the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord and Coming Soon!
P.S. Here is a New Year’s resolution that you can keep “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS AND SHARE JESUS!”