Don’t Rush the New Year

Lamentations 3:22-23
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

We are a few days from a new year and plans are already underway to celebrate the incoming 2017.

This morning I was reading several devotionals and they too were speaking about preparing for a new year.

However, it was through these readings that I began to sense that we, God’s people, are pushing ahead of God. After all, none of us are promised tomorrow. The scripture even tells us that ‘sufficient unto the day.’ And the day is the day that we are given to live at this present time. Not tomorrow.

We ought to be thankful that God has blessed us to have this day. It isn’t a pointed holiday to celebrate at the chime of midnight. It is a day when we have to do something for the Lord, rather than focus on our own selfish needs.

Yes, the festivities will be set for fireworks, champagne, partying and singing Auld Lang Syne when the clock points to 12 midnight. And some churches will have their services concluded minutes after the New Year.

But with all these activities and events targeted 59 minutes after eleven on December 31st of each year, we are fooled by the devil to ignore the present day in which God has given us to celebrate His new mercies.

Friends, don’t rush the New Year.

There are plenty of deeds we can do for the world than to focus on pushing the last few days in this year to the side.

What we have is an abundant harvest before us and it needs to be cared for.

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that a move on the hand of a clock or bright digit number really doesn’t make anything different in our lives unless we are willing to want to change.

Don’t rush the New Year…just be thankful for each day that God gives us.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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