The old year is behind us now, and we are standing on an elevated plane, and we try to peer into the new. There is a certain sense of trepidation as we look at the path before us. Where will the road lead us, and what will the future bring?
Already we may spot new mountains rising on the horizon, and if we listen carefully, we may already hear the rushing waters of foaming streams that we will have to cross. Doubtless, there will be shadow-filled valleys, although, for the moment, most of the road is still obscured by the misty clouds of the unknown.
But time will not stop, and we are about to begin our descent into the uncharted future.
And this is where we, as children of the King have an unparalleled advantage over the unbelieving world. We have an all-sufficient answer.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God. No things present, nor things to come. No power on earth can detach us from His all-encompassing love. (Romans 8:31-39)
Just before Jesus was taken up into heaven, His final words were some of the most comforting: “Lo, I am with you always… even unto the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) Or we may paraphrase, even until the very end of this New Year. And then the whole process starts again. What a comforting scripture to meditate upon.
God’s eyes are upon every single day of the year, regardless of its possible problems, political unrest, fear, sickness or any other type of difficulty.
Everything we truly need will be given to us by our loving Heavenly Father.
And that is a promise on which we can build.
If God is the true source of our joy and our happiness, then we can walk into the coming year with confidence and joyful expectation. His hands will not just be on the sparrow, but on each of us as well, however, small and insignificant we may feel.
He will give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. (Psalm 91)
Sure, there will be mountains. Dangerous cliffs we will have to climb, and there will be slippery descents along deep and dark ravines. The roads along which our Father will lead us will not always be so easy, but since He has promised to be walking right along with us, what do we have to fear?
In a spiritual sense, these difficulties are not even all bad. They are our helpers in disguise, as they force us to draw nigh unto God and hold on to Him for dear life.
It doesn’t always makes sense and having faith is not always logical, but God doesn’t demand that we understand every step on the way. His ways are always higher than ours. But what He does ask us is simple and something we can do: “My Child, will you trust Me this coming year? I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8) Will you have the courage to let Me lead? Have I not promised that all things will work together for your good because you are My precious child for whom I gave My life?”
With such a Shepherd holding my hand, I know what I want to do. I want to run into the New Year with anticipation and joy, for God, Himself is going to keep me again this year, and He is going to do great things again.
Happy New Year.