In his word, God has given
a firm foundation for life.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
As we begin a new year, I want to share three exhortations, borrowing heavily from a blog post written by Brian Najapfour, a pastor and author in Michigan.
1. Don’t worry about the year 2016.
Your Father in heaven knows your needs. Instead of worrying, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all your needs will be given to you according to his will (Matt. 6:33). None of us knows what will take place this year, but as followers of Christ we do know that God is causing all things to happen for his glory and our good (Rom. 8:28-29). If we but trust him, any bitter events in 2016 will only make us better believers. Let us therefore welcome the new year without fear.
2. Don’t boast about the year 2016.
You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes (James 4:14). Don’t act as if you can control the future. Don’t be overconfident about your future plans. Learn to qualify your plans by saying with true intent “if the Lord wills.” Then rest in knowing that no matter what happens, God’s will is always best because he is all-wise and all-good.
3. Don’t waste the year 2016.
You waste the year when you use it only for your own pleasure. Remember the rich fool who said to his soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid ups or many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (See Luke 12:19-20). What a wasted life this rich fool had! With God’s help, let’s spend all the days of 2016 for God’s kingdom. Let’s seize the God-given opportunities of this year to do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). Remember: a life spent in the service of Christ is the most meaningful life that anyone can live in this world.
May God richly bless all of us in the year to come!