It’s time again! The last day of the year, of 2010. As always there is much anticipation for many as the year comes to a close. It was a tough year, and a tough decade for many people. In a sense it was a reminder of how the things we worship in life come tumbling down. Whether it was people, our marriage, our job, homes, cars and money. This was a season of life that reminded many what was important, and fragile in life.
For me it was a mixture of good & bad times with my family. My kids graduated without becoming a mom or dad, getting addicted to drugs or thrown in jail. Thank God! My marriage was not so lucky. After many years it ended in separation this year, and the divorce will go through early next. I went from a place on comfort to a place of uncertainty. From the familiar to the unfamiliar, and grew from it.
Most of all, most important of all things. After many years of professing to be a Christian, I came to have an intimate relationship with Christ. That is the ultimate of all relationships. Without Him in my life, and in my heart I could not have made it through this year or past years. It is through Christ that I have come closer to God, and to know Him.
There is a passage in the Old Testament that speaks to time. You most likely have heard it from a popular song. But these words are from God speaking through Solomon.
1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven – 2 A time to give birth and a time to die ; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal ; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh ; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones ; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost ; A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together ; A time to be silent and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate ; A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
Time is a reminder of our mortality, our finite bodies. We cannot control it or keep time from showing it’s effect on us. The book of James shows how our attitude should be about our short time here on earth and our will versus God’s.
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” (James 4:3-15)
Solomon sums up a reoccurring theme in the Bible. After Solomon, the richest and wisest man that ever lived attempted to find pleasure in anything and everything this world has to offer came to this conclusion. The only thing that ultimately matters in life is to know God.
13 The conclusion , when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 3:13-14)
Paul said, “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2)
The frustrations, pain, and season’s of life point us to the fact that this is not our home. Our minds, and hearts should be on “things above.” The things of this earth will bring short periods of happiness, but never truly bring peace, and joy like Jesus can. So do you know Him? God loves us so much, that even though we deserve eternal separation from Him, He takes the punishment for our sin by going to the cross. When you repent, and place your faith in Christ, and His finished work, you can then have forgiveness, peace, and joy through a relationship with Him. A relationship that does not end every year, but will exist for eternity!
Today we celebrate the end of 2010, and the start of 2011. We wish for a better year than the last. We hope for prosperity, good health, and love to be upon us for the new year. My prayer is for all those things also, but most of all my prayer is this. That people would come to the know Him, to know God. Maybe for the first time ever, and others that do know Him, to know God in a deeper way.
Whether or not 2011 turns out how we expect I can rest assured that my hope is not in the things of this world. My hope and faith lies with the One who created it!
Peace and Blessings to All, and Happy New Year!