Bi-vocational Small Church Ministry Coordinator

          “Thoughts About the Coming New Year”

 

             As we face the beginning of a new year, there is a sense of anticipation as well as a sense of anxiety about what the new year holds in store.  There is a sense of excitement about new possibilities, new opportunities of service and ministry for the Lord, new acquaintances and friends to be made, new blessings from God, and so on that the future could hold. There is also a sense of uncertainty that can bring a sense of anxiety. The uncertainty of not knowing what the new year holds in the way of our health, or our financial security, or in our lives or the lives of our loved ones, the uncertainty of our country’s financial security, or the uncertainty of our national or personal security because we do indeed live in troublesome times. 

The reality is we don’t have a crystal ball that enables us to see into the future – we don’t know what the future holds. At the beginning of 2020, we had no idea what that year held in store for us, and what a year it was. (I don’t even want to go there or talk about all the “stuff” that happened in 2020, because you, like me, have been living through it!  Enough of 2020!)

But in the midst of these vastly different senses about the New Year, there is one thing, or should I say, one Person who remains constant.  In the midst of our looking ahead to the future and not knowing what the future holds, we can take confidence in knowing Who holds the future.  I don’t know about you, but I take great comfort in knowing our God rules and reigns over His vast creation and over the affairs of man. Our God is still on the throne working out His will in the lives of those who love Him and nothing about us escapes His attention.  As Psalm 139:15-16 says, “My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.”  Isn’t that an awesome thought?  Our God knew us before we were even conceived and knew all about the days that would be ours before one of those days ever came to be!  Jeremiah 1:5 echoes this thought where God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . . ”

Not only does God know all about us, He has a plan to work out things on our behalf.  Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 also speaks of God’s desire to do good for His people who seek Him with all their heart.  ‘‘’For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.’”

As we face this new year, let us do so with anticipation, not anxiety.  We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future and we do know that we can trust Him.  Love God, be called according to His purposes, and seek Him with all your heart and receive the wondrous New Year He has in store for you!

 

Praying for year of blessings, revival, and spiritual awakening

in the Union Baptist Association.

 

Working Together in His Service,

 

Roy   Pr. 3:5-6