Happy New Year! When a year comes to a close, it’s a great opportunity for reflection, to examine the season of life that has ended and to think about the new one that is beginning. How was 2015 for you? Do you have joys to celebrate and remember? Let’s thank God for them! Do you have sorrows or regrets? Let’s bring them to Him for healing and wisdom.
As we reflect on 2015, we can invite God into the process and ask Him to help us see our lives from His perspective. Where have we built with gold, silver, and precious stones this past year, and where have we built with wood, hay, and straw (1 Cor. 3:11–15)? In what ways can we live with eternity more in mind in 2016?
Most of what 2016 may bring is a mystery. But we do know it will bring new mercies from God every morning. We know it brings us another year closer to Jesus’ return. And we know it gives us the opportunity to develop our intimacy with Him through studying His Word and spending time in His presence daily.
For me, 2016 also brings a new responsibility and privilege, editing Today in the Word! I’m honored to be joining the team here and am looking forward to unearthing fresh spiritual riches from the Bible with you, our readers. Let’s sharpen one another and pass on our knowledge of God to others this year!
I’m reminded of a friend who has passed on to glory. He built with spiritual gold, silver, and precious stones, and he shared spiritual riches with me and others. J. P. knew the value of God’s Word and hid it in his heart. At the end of his life, he could look back on both blessings and challenges and say, “Praise the Lord!” His redemptive love was threaded through it all.
Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to hispurpose.” What good news! Whether we stand at the transition of one year to another, or at the very transition of life itself, we can put our trust and hope in God. Because of His great faithfulness, we can say with joy, Happy New Year!