A Fresh Beginning

“After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.” Job 42:16-17

The book of Job ends on a note of contentment and peace. Job was probably about seventy when the book opens, so he is an old man. What a picture of peace, a contented man. God had greatly blessed him.

Soon all the Christmas decorations will be taken down and we will be looking ahead into 2015. Before us stretches a new year, a new beginning. The old is past, gone and put away forever. God invites us always to forget about all the distrust and fears, all the anxieties of the past, all the resentments we have been holding against others, all the grudges, all the criticisms–to put them away and begin again. To look ahead for new beginnings, new challenges and potentially new victories in life.

The question before us is simply this, “On what basis am I going to live in this new year”? Will it be on the old basis of it-all-depends-on-me, do-it-yourself goodness before God, trying my best to be pleasing to God and meaning it with all my heart but never realizing the depths of evil with which I have to deal?

Or will I accept the gift of God that is waiting for me every day, fresh from His hand, a gift of forgiveness, of righteousness already mine, of a relationship in which He is my dear Father and I am his cherished, beloved son, and in which I therefore have provided for me all I need, all day long, so that I may say no to evil and yes to truth and right?

That is the choice before us, every one of us. How are we going to live in this new year? Hopefully we will choose to depend fully on God, to trust Him completely, and accept from His hand all that He has for us for 2015. May we be able to say with the Apostle Paul,

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:27–28

May we seek to live by the power of His Spirit in a way that honors and glorifies our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this coming year. Whatever may come, let us continue to trust in the sovereignty and goodness of our Creator God.
And have a blessed & safe New Year!

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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