Tuesday, January 6, 2015

 

Written by Pastor Stuppy

January 7, 2015
Want assurances do we have that we will have a happy new year?

Now that New Year’s Eve has come and gone once again, what will the days ahead have in store for you? I am sure that we have plans and goals. Maybe, we’re hoping to buy a new car. A promotion? A raise in our pay? A new job? Is the arrival of a new child a possibility? An addition to the house? A trip to the Super Bowl by the Dallas Cowboys? We all have things we would like to see happen in the New Year? Some of them may take place and some not.


But, what happens when things don’t go as well as we hoped? What if the new year is filled with trials and troubles? What if God’s plans for us may include adversity, loss and grief? This new year, we may lose someone we love. Our health may decline. We may be diagnosed with cancer, altsheimers, or some other disease. Our unwed son may father a child or our daughter become pregnant before marriage. We may get laid off from work or be involved in an accident that leaves us paralyzed or disabled. Some of these events or those like them may also be in our future. In fact, we can be sure of it.

How are we to face such trials and unpleasant times? Do we simply take the good with the bad? Do we grin and bear it since there is little or nothing we can do about it? Must we simply make the best of a bad situation? None of the above.

For the child of God, the future is always good. God has promised that there is nothing and no one that can separate us from his love for us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:33-39). He has promised to give his angels charge over us to keep any harm from coming our way (Psalm 91:11). He has promised to always be with us and never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He has promised to answer all our prayers (Matthew 21:22). He has promised to turn every misfortune, trouble, and adversity we face in life into a blessing (Romans 8:28).

And, more importantly, when we leave this life, God has promised that the death and the grave cannot hold us (I Corinthians 15:55-56). He has promised that our sins will not condemn us (Romans 8:1), that we shall have eternal life (John 3:16).

What a way to start the New Year! What a way to start each day! What more could we ask from God than what he has promised to us. Namely, to bless us in every way. To give us good things to enjoy and to turn our so-called "troubles" into blessings.

With these assurances from God you can be certain that you will have a happy and a blessed New Year. You have God’s Word on it.