New Year's Devotion
A voice says, "Cry out."
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:6-8 NIV)
Dear Family and Friends of Our Savior:
In the midst of all the celebration and hoopla of New Year's Eve, there is always a solemn tone. For some, New Year's Eve is a time of resolutions for change, and new hopes and dreams. But for many, it is a time of regrets over misspent days, or years. For some, New Year's Eve is a time to party hearty. But for more, it is a time for solemn reflection on the passage of time.
Time indeed is passing by, faster than many of us care to think. Time is fleeting, quicker today than yesterday, quicker this year than years gone by. Time...Time...Time...
As we pull down another obsolete calendar and throw it on the trash heap of time, and as we put up a new one on which we can record our plans and important dates, and as we reminisce about the fond memories of the year gone by, or repent of our failings and misspent days, let us also remember that one thing is still the most important thing. Let us remember that one thing is indeed permanent. Let us remember that one thing is forever. While we may wilt and fall and lose our splendor, God's Word stands forever.
God's Word holds all of our hopes and dreams, our resolutions for change, our plans for the future, forgiveness for our failings, and solutions for our problems. God's Word gives us the certainty that we need to overcome the uncertainty of passing time. God's Word strengthens our hearts with the assurance of God's abiding love and mercy. God's Word tells us that He saved us through the coming of His Son, whose birth is fresh in our memory. On God's calendar is recorded for us our Savior's perfect life, His innocent suffering and death, His victorious resurrection to eternal life, and His ascension to His throne on which He rules all things, even time, for His Church, His body of believers.
On His calendar another important date is recorded---the date, time, minute, and second that He will return to take His Church to paradise, to live with Him forever, where there are no more regrets, failings, tragedies, fears, or uncertainties of passing time.
May we live our days and years in God's eternal Word, as we mark the passing of another year closer to our Savior. AMEN.