Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)
We have come to the final days of 2014. Thus far, God’s has graciously extended unto us His benefits every single day. For some, it has been a year of triumph; and for others, it has been a year of tragedy. Regardless how you view 2014, God has been working His plan for each of us. I oftentimes hear individuals who have experienced some very hard trials throughout the year say, “I am ready for 2014 to end, because I need some good things to come to me in 2015.” The question I ask is, how do you know you will get, what you consider good things?
Everything that has happened to you and I had to come by the hand of God first. The tragedies and the triumphs. The good times and the bad times. The ups and the downs. The happy times and the sad times. All are dependent upon that which God has sent forth or has allowed from the enemy to bring to us.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28,NKJV).
Every day, whether good or bad, God has a purpose for us. One more thought, we must remember that God’s grace has kept us from being destroyed even when we viewed things as being disastrous.
Therefore, by God’s grace, we stand here a few days from the beginning of a new year. We do not know what the year holds or if we will even make it to 2015. We must not be presumptuous, as to think that we are assured of anything; only God knows what He has planned for each of us. Please remember, God has declared the end from the beginning. He knows what He is doing. His Plans, and purposes can never be thwarted. We are able to press forward when we know that God is in control of everything.
By God’s grace, if He brings us into 2015, it is prudent for us to make sure that our determined purpose is to direct or redirect our focus to Him. It is time to shy away from focusing on our plans and purposes. Therefore, He must be our number one priority. Matthew 6:33a says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (NKJV). Make the Lord your number one priority. Begin by reading His Word daily. Stay connected to Him by praying consistently. Worship Him daily, and regularly in corporate worship. Make it a point to come to prayer and Bible Study regularly. Attend Church School faithfully. Love one another; and finally strive to apply the Word of God to your life.
I do not know what 2015 holds, but I do know who does, let us keep our eyes on Him because He will give us peace regardless of what happens in the world. Happy New Year. Keep pressing forward.
Your servant in Christ