The end of one year and the beginning of a new one. Of course, God is not bound by the constraints of time. But, He did know that time and seasons were important foor us. So, for many of us the transition from one year to another is a time to reflect, review, and reset. We celebrate the things we’ve accomplished and look forward to the opportunities ahead. Sometimes, we realize that we haven’t accomplished everything we had hoped or planned. Did you know that God, unlike us, always finishes what He started…
“God always finishes what He begins (Phil. 1:6). God never speaks a word without ensuring that it comes to pass (Isa. 55:11). Christ is both the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8, 17). Christ is as much at the end of His work as He is at its beginning.
Christ now resides within each believer. His assignment today is to complete God’s will in each Christian. He is just as determined to do this in us as He was to complete God’s will for Himself. You will have to resist Christ in order to remain out of the will of God. What is it God wants to do in you? Have you allowed Him to complete what He has begun? He will not force you to receive all that He has for your life. If God’s work has not been brought to fruition in you, it is not that Christ has not been diligently working toward that end. Rather, you may need to release areas of your life to Him and be as determined to see God ‘s work in you completed as Christ is. Review the things God has said to you over this last year. Are there promises God has made to you that you have refused to allow Him to complete? If so, commit to yield your will to God today.” (Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-by-Day).
Oswald Chambers said, “At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.
As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.”
I know that God is always at work, making me into the man, husband, father and friend He created me to be. As I surrender myself each day, draw closer to Him, He will move to accoplish all He dreams for my life…which is far more than I could ever imagine.
Ultimately, life is not about finding ourselves, it’s about discovering and unleashing who God created us to be. Our prayer should be that today and every day, we would give ourselves fully to Him. As we look with hope and optimism to the new year, let’s agree to take intentional steps forward, not running ahead or falling behind, but walking side by side, stride by stride with our heavenly Father. The only way to do this is to surrender each and every day in faith and trust, believing He will lead through every season and circumstance.
Father, today and every day, I give myself to You. I live for You. I lead for You. I write for You. I create for You. I speak for You. I heal for You. I bring hope for You. I inspire others for You. I love others for You. By Your grace and for Your glory, I take another step….