"Thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."
We are now in the first month of a new year. This means a lot of different things to different people. To some it has already brought grief and sadness because of death, sickness, or trouble. But, on the bright side, to some it has opened the door of happiness in marriage, famIly, Jobs, and in new beginnings. As we look ahead into another year. we need to prepare, as best we can, for the Journey ahead.
PREPARE FOR THE UNKNOWN
Our walk as Christians is a walk of faith. We have no way of knowing what each new day will bring our way. As Individuals, we could have a year filled with peace, prosperity, and happiness. On the other hand, it could bring us loss of health, of property, of friends, and loved ones. The Lord has told us what to do about the unknown future. We are to live in faith (see Heb. 10:38), trust in Jesus, and believe that He is able to keep us.
PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED
Life is full of surprises, some good and some bad. We may face unexpected sickness, trouble, or disappointments. Do we Just have to wait and look with horror and fear? No, we need to walk close to God as He leads us step by step through His blessed Holy Word and Holy Spirit. We can walk in faith, believing that He will make all things work together for our good (see Rom 8:28). This will prepare our mind and emotions to receive, at God*s hand, whatever comes our way.
3. PREPARE TO TAKE CARE OF THE UNDONE
As we look back on the past year that is now history, I am sure there is much that we left undone, especially much praying, Bible study, witnessing, and worshiping. Much that was left undone can never be recaptured. It is lost and gone forever. Let us look at that which is still undone and lay our hearts and hands to the task of getting it done. Let*s help make the coming year better for everyone. Then, we can say with Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7).
Pastor Billy Bryant