Embracing the New Year

“Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;
His going out is sure as the dawn;
He will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:3

As we begin 2016 as a brand new year, you may be wondering what is going to happen. Years ago, some men were on a leaky old ship in the middle of a rough and stormy sea. One of them asked the captain, “Are we safe?”  He said, “Well, the boilers are weak and may explode at any moment. The ship is taking on water. To be very honest with you, we may go up, or we may go down, but at any rate, we are going on.”

And that’s the way we are as we face this new year. Jesus may come; we may go up. We may die, and go down and then up, but at any rate, we are going on.

Reflecting on this past year, allow the Holy Spirit to invade your heart, convicting and drawing you to Himself. Ask for wisdom, courage, and faith to continue on, whatever happens this next year!

“If any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask God,
who gives generously to all without reproach,
and it will be given him.”
– James 1:5

Back when I was a little boy growing up in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, one of the favorite things we would do as kids was to take a magnifying glass outside in the yard, gather a bunch of leaves together, and use that magnifying glass to focus the light on the leaves and burn them. Without focus, there’s no way the sunlight could’ve burnt those leaves. But when focused, that light had the power to do something powerful.

It is important for us to keep our focus in the Christian life. But what is it that focuses us? What is the “magnifying glass” in our lives that enables us to use the time and energy we have to accomplish a purpose much greater than ourselves? It’s the Spirit of God. You see, God’s Spirit in our lives gives us the wisdom we need to recognize how we are gifted and gives us the direction we need to be able to focus those gifts on one thing instead of many.

As we say goodbye to 2015 and embrace 2016, surrender to the Spirit of God and allow Him to focus your heart and your mind wherever He would have you go in this coming year. Let the Spirit magnify your God-given talents and you’ll stay more focused than ever in the coming year!


About scon777

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