Verse for Today: Saturday, December 31, 2011
Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”God’s people have the privilege to begin and end the years of their sojourn with the Almighty who is beyond beginning or end. All living things on earth have a beginning and an end. The affairs of all that exist in this universe have their beginning and end as directed by the Almighty who controls our lives from the beginning. But it is amazing to realize that God’s people were seen by His eyes before the foundation of the world was laid. Our ancestry was directed by Him through the centuries and at the right time we were made to be born and born again into God’s family. We were known to Him before time ever broke into being and our eternal life is also known to Him. Our years are important to Him because we are part of His plan and program. So every seemingly insignificant and unimportant event in our lives has His hands behind it all. He has a plan for us each day of our lives, but it is up to us to know and live according to that plan. He leads us a step at a time so that we would accomplish this plan daily. Days and years come and go, but His hands are with us as we rest in His mighty arms. Each evening, we have the privilege to see how He led us that day and what we received from Him. At the end of every period of time like the year, we can take stock of our mistakes, failures, disobedience and lost opportunities and feel sorry for it all. We can also enlist the innumerable blessings that we enjoyed from Him and thank Him. The failures teach us lessons to guard against and blessings are for us to trust Him to move forward.
Dear friend, the end of the year is a time for you to take stock of the year that is passing. We all need to search our souls to see how we made use of the opportunities in serving the Lord and to learn lessons to avoid failures and losses. Failures need not pull us back, but push us forward with greater trust in the Lord. Our God is able to take glory to Himself even through our failures. If the Lord has closed certain doors, let us not force it open. Let us thank Him for the doors which He closed and for those that He has opened. Remember, He is the Alpha and the Omega and knows the beginning from the end. He leads us with an eternal perspective and not with the temporal. His valuation of our lives and struggles is on the basis of how it has added to our spiritual welfare and His glory. It is also a great assurance that He will be with us now and throughout the upcoming year. He is not finished with us yet and will continue to work on us and with us to accomplish His purpose in us. We progress from year end to a New Year and go on to timelessness when we reach our eternal home. Let our vision and goal for the coming year be faithfulness to Him and His cause. He will be with us each day of the New Year and will lead us through all the life experiences which are yet unknown to us, but known to Him. He has already prepared His resources and ways to meet all our future needs and all the experiences which await us in the New Year and beyond. So let us praise Him for the unknown days, months and years which unfold before our eyes day by day.Psalms 68:19 – Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.Thought for TodayWe do not need to know our tomorrows because we know our Lord who knows all our tomorrows and has already made provisions for it all.
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