Tonight at midnight, we will welcome in the first day of of the new year, 2011, with celebrations that range from enormous and public to the intimate and private. We will also be welcoming the first year of a new decade. Best wishes for good things to come in 2011 will be exchanged, intermingled with recollections of memories of wishes that didn’t come true in 2010.
Prayers will be asked, and promises will be spoken. Resolutions will be made... some new, some old, some accomplished, some merely yearly goals.
One thing is certain. 2010 is history, 2011 is only a hope. Also no matter who we are, our age, or our current station in life we will all be looking to the new year with some form of anticipation.
What will the new year hold? The question is asked and projections are made. Some projections are based on statistics while others are mere speculations. Some projections will be based on the failures of 2010, while others will be based on the promises of God.
Me personally? I’m taking it by faith my friend. That doesn’t mean I don’t watch CNN or that I am just by nature an eternal optimist. No, actually quite the contrary. As a matter of fact I am more than painfully aware of the current state of chaos and uncertainty that the world is in today. Also, I am a firm believer that ‘positive thinking’ is merely ‘wishful thinking’ unless it is based on the Word of God, and backed by prayer.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “ For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a Future and a Hope.”
These words not only bless me today, the last day of 2010, they assure and comfort me tomorrow, the first day of 2011, and for all my tomorrows, however many I may have yet to come.
Because of my personal knowledge of God, who He is, and my trust in Him, I am able to see Him in every situation, past, present and future. I found Him in my yesterdays... I talked with Him today... and by faith He holds my tomorrows.
Tonight when you’re making those New Year resolutions about what you want to stop doing... consider making one to start doing something. Start seeking God. No promises or resolutions to try your best to keep. No vows to do different. No promises to be better... just a simple choice to seek. God promises if you seek, you will find.
I’d like to invite you to make 2011 the year you give all your tomorrows to the Creator of all time. Happy New Year and may Jesus Christ Himself richly bless and keep you.