Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy New Year!

We are on the threshold of a new year. There is always an element of fear associated with the unknown. The Bible teaches that we know not what a day may bring. The story is told of some men out at sea on an old leaky ship. A storm came up and the men feared for their lives. They went up to the sea captain. He told them, “The boilers are weak and may explode at any moment. The ship is old and she’s taking on water. We may have an explosion or we may sink. We may go up or we may go down. But until then we are going on.”

That’s how we are to face the New Year. We may go up or we may go down; but until then we are going on. The old gospel hymn says it this way:

I’m pressing on the upward way
New heights I’m gaining every day
Still praying as I’m onward bound
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

The old mapmakers would make a map just as far as they had been. Then they would write “Beyond this there be dragons”. They were obviously afraid of the unknown. Actually, there were golden beaches, verdant fields, and beautiful mountains.

That’s how we are to feel about the future. What a year 2012 has been. We all would change some things if we could, but we can’t. We need to be trustful with our future and give it over to God.

As Americans we have great gain. Be thankful and not boastful of all God has given to you. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. But praise God we know Who holds tomorrow.

See ya Sunday!

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