It’s hard to believe, but another year has already passed.
I am still wondering where my personal spaceship and robot maid are, as seen in The Jetsons cartoons. Or at least a hoverboard, like Marty McFly had in Back to the Future II.
I would settle for Baymax from Big Hero 6.
Time seems to go so much faster as you get older. But C.S. Lewis said, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”
So now, 2014 is in the rearview mirror and we face the uncertainties of a new year. It may contain both promise and pain, triumph and tragedy, happy days and sad ones.
So how are we to look at this new year? With great hope, because our God is on the throne. He is in control of all things, including our lives.
As we enter into a new year, remember that God is in control—that God is sovereign. He always has a plan!
“He does as He pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop Him or say to Him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?'” (Daniel 4:35 NLT).
When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you come under His protective care. God is fully aware of everything that happens to you. And thankfully, God is never asleep on the job. He is always paying careful attention to the smallest details of your life and is in complete control of all circumstances that surround it.
As Solomon observed, “There is a season for everything.” We are not victims of the “fickle finger of fate” or dumb luck. If you are a Christian, then you have come into God’s providence, which means that he will guide and direct your steps. God is doing exactly what He wants to do for His plan and for your good.
Sometimes His plans don’t make sense to us, but remember that He has a plan—and it is a good one!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV).
In Isaiah 55:8, God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways” (NKJV). We focus on the immediate. God focuses on the ultimate. Our world is the here and now. God’s plan is over all; it is panoramic.
As Christians we are all a “work in progress” and God will work “all things together.” Did He not do that for you last year? Philippians 1:6 reminds us that we can be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (NKJV).
Good news: God finishes what He starts!