I’m utterly amazed how quickly I’m arrived at the door of 2018. I’ve hardly blinked. But here I am, about to get a tad wiser.
At this time I usually recall Joshua 13:1
Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.”
What an amazing thing for God to say to Joshua.
When Joshua assumed the role of leading the people to the Promised Land, the job had not been finished when he was “old and advanced in years.” God took note of his condition and came to tell him so. But God also indicated that His work cannot stop: “there remains yet very much land to possess.” His work must go on.
I ask myself, “How well have I spend my time?”
Psalm 39 gives me some perspective. In David’s complaint to God, he said, “You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you” (v. 5). He meant that to an eternal God our time on earth is brief. And He doesn’t want us to waste it. When we do, we throw away one of the most precious commodities He gives us. Each minute is an irretrievable gift — an unredeemable slice of eternity.
How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness?
It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us, then, each morning, resolve to send each day into eternity clothed in love that is patient and kind; without envy, boasting or arrogance. And oh, don’t forget not to be rude, nor always insisting on your own way, nor being irritable or resentful; and not rejoice at wrongdoing, but instead rejoice with the truth.
If I learn to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things, God will be with me after I enter door into 2018.
May the grace of the Lord be with you in the coming year.
Pastor Robert Chew