Have you taken that long breath of relaxation now that the Christmas rush is over? Enjoy it because it doesn't last too long. Following it is the packing away of the Christmas trimmings, the return of gifts that were the wrong size or gifts that were duplicated, etc.
And now comes the New Year, 2009! Happy New Year!
When it comes around to New Year's time I am reminded of that verse in the Bible concerning Abraham. It says, "He went out, not knowing whither he went" (Hebrews 11:8). That's kind of like what entering into a new year. We don't know all that lies ahead.
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The new year likely holds some surprises just as 2008 did. I know that many are worried about the economy, new administration in Washington, D.C., the war in Iraq, their health, children, and the list goes on and on.
Do you know that in the Bible there are 365 "fear nots?" That's one for every day of the year. Now I know that not worrying is easier to say than to do. Rick Warren says that in every circumstance you can pray or panic, you can worship or worry. Philippians 4:6 says, "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything."
God hardly ever tells us the outcome of our situations or what He is going to do. Instead, He desires to reveal to us who He is. When we begin to understand who God is and how much He loves us, life takes on a new perspective. You can trust God, who does all things well, even when we don't understand. He is our source.
The Bible says He is the giver of every good gift. Paul said that He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Don't be afraid to "go out" as Abraham did into this new year. Put your trust in the Lord and go in faith.
Let us rejoice knowing that God is giving us yet another opportunity to enjoy His divine blessings. The better you get to know Him through reading His word and prayer, the more it will be a Happy New Year for you from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009!