Matthew 10:26 “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”
When asked their opinions of this past year, many will express their disgust over what has made it less desirable than previous years. 2020 has certainly had its challenges. More people have been affected by the pandemic and its collateral damage.
But how are we, as children of God, supposed to view the events of this past year?
We are certainly in need of God’s wisdom.
James 1:5-7 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
Without the wisdom of God, we only have failed opinions at best.
In evaluating the year’s successes and failures, do so with the knowledge that nothing happened that took God by surprise. There was no “oops” with God. We may have never seen how one small virus could do so much damage, but God did.
In looking back on this past year, we must do so through God’s eyes.
We might ask ourselves, “Was I a faithful witness to all around me, including my family?”
Or, “Did I give faithfully to further the mission and the message of Jesus Christ around the world?
We may ask, “Did the virus cause me to drift in my relationship with my Heavenly Father?”
These and many others can be put forth to evaluate this past year’s performance.
We mustn’t be too harsh on ourselves.
It is, after all, in the past.
We cannot change it.
We can only learn from it and grow.
We can see a way to say “Goodbye” to the old year and usher in a new one with not just a resolve to ‘do better.’
New Year’s resolutions often last about one month and fade in the distance of busyness or mediocrity.
But I believe for every child of God, it should be our heart’s desire to draw closer to God and work to become more like Christ in all that we do.
So, what does that look like?
First and foremost, it is living a life centered on the Word of God. Reading daily. Meditating on what we’ve read. Seeking to understand those things that seem clouded and studying those things we do not know.
Meeting daily with God to get fed from the Word is foundational in our growth as a child of God.
From there, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your walk to discover your gifts and talents and how to use them – today!
You will begin to find a more straightforward path to walk in this simple admonition and a deeper intimacy with the Heavenly Father.
So, no matter what comes in 2021, we can know and be ready to face even the worst situations and circumstances.
Say goodbye to 2020. But, welcome a new perspective through the Word of God and a closer walk with Him.
Happy New Year, dear reader. It is my prayer that you experience blessing, peace, and a closer, more personal walk with the Savior in this year to come!