Hey, “Happy New Year guy” says a friend as he was boarding the car to go home after work. The friend informed the greeter that there was nothing that makes him happy in the foregone year. This prompted the friend to ask why, he responded by saying that things did not happen last year as he wanted it to happen. He therefore concluded that there was nothing happy about the last year. He said although as usual, he was wished happy New Year in the beginning of the year but that the greeting is more of wishful thinking.
As we come to the beginning of this year there is need for us to know how to define fulfillment. 2016, is new and we all wish to know how to make the most of it. The beginning of every journey is to know what it holds for us. More than that we want to know who holds it. It’s in knowing who holds the future that best describe fulfillment.
Fulfillment is not just getting all your happenings to happen the way you happen to want your happenings to happen. This is the first we need to hold serious. Secondly, as you’re thinking through all the possibilities of this year note that most of the things that will happen is out of your control. Please note, before we go far in the year, it is going to be full of the inevitable and irresistible, it will be funny if we assume we are in control. The bible says God has our breath in His hand. We are alive because He gave us life that bores down to the fact that He is in control.
We have two issues facing us as human; we must toil for our daily bread and survival. When we recognize the frailty of our humanity and the limitations of our own ingenuity, we realize our helplessness and depend on God. Trying to be in charge brings us into despondency and depression. At the other end God is saying I AM that I AM. If He says I AM; it shows His transcendence, as the one at the helm of affair. All that we need to do is to know that God is working in our circumstances so that the greater good might be resolved.”
In the foregone years we are blatant secularists in outlook. We have forgotten that we can turn to a God and learn to revere Him. The point I want us to realize in this year is that it will give us the opportunity to recognize that whatever the irresistible, inevitable realities of life may bring, we must recognize the transcendent one who has given us a sense of awe and morality. God has given us a sense of something bigger and grander and greater than ourselves. He is allowing all that will come into our life. He won’t allow us to escape or to regulate them. We can begin to recognize our finitude compared with His infinity. We will recognize our own limitations and see Him as illimitable. This brings us to the level of learning to revere Him, so we take what comes and worship Him.
To conclude, I like to say that God laid aside His glory, stepped down from His throne, and assumed our humanity. He lived with our pain and circumstances and learned to laugh and mourn, weep and dance. God shared our life. God is not remote and untouched. He is a God who loves us so much he comes right alongside and says, “I understand, I care, and I know. Trust me. Revere me and discover in me real joy.” Only in this can we have a happy new year. Happy New Year as we ride with God.
Author: Pastor Olu
Dr. David Jeremiah reiterated a point in today’s devotion about David Livingstone who was a British medical missionary of iconic proportions in nineteenth-century in England and Africa. When it was feared that Livingstone had died in Africa, the Welsh explorer H. M. Stanley went to the continent in search of the doctor. And he found him, reportedly saying with typical British politeness, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Livingstone is reported to have answered in the affirmative, saying to Stanley, “I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.” In one of the teachings of Christ, the hearers were instructed to remember Lot’s wife. The instruction was précised and pointed. It was on a timeline of events that happened thousands of years ago. The same instruction to remember a particular event in a timeline makes for history. History is the record of human action and reaction to their position in God. This season is a reminder of the coming of Jesus to the world. The accuracy of the record of time may not be accommodated by the structure of this blog, but it is worthy of its reason. The fact we are to remember in this season, is the Son of God that came all the way from Heaven to save us from the power of the enemies. The coming of Jesus is to bring us to the best we shall ever need. The reasons for His coming is to give what no man or religion can give. He came to save, to seek and to serve. Someone noted this and I quote; “if our need has been information, God would send educator. If technology He would send scientist. If money He would send economist. If pleasure He would have sent an entertainer.” What we need is far beyond what man can provide, for the cry of our evil echoes to God on a daily basis, nothing can dull the noise of our evil save the divine Deity’ sacrifice. There is no labor or sacrifice we can provide that can cover the gross and deep darkness of our sins but the blood of the spotless lamb. Christ came to establish a relationship with us through His blood. His coming is by choice of His love. He chooses us from the beginning of the world, even when in sin. We are full of activities in this period of the year. Our stores are full of shoppers engaging in buying to give, and preparing to receive from others. We struggle to remember our loved ones, the members of our family, and friends. The business of the season is causing fatigue for many. Research shows that the season makes some to have nervous breakdown. The merry nature of the season has been slaughtered on the table of cumbered care. Reflecting on this I wonder if people know that beyond the fun fair of the season is the person of the seasons that worth celebrating. I am in total agreement with exchange of gift and pleasantry. The design of God for the season is to be burden free, for the Celebrant states “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus is sent from God and He must be celebrated in the way the Father has chosen for His worship. You may ask, how do we celebrate Him? Jesus is the Lamb that came to pay the price for our sins. At the same he is the Lion, our powerful emancipator. The coming of Christ is for the purpose of saving us just as the lamb that was slain in Egypt for the remission of sins. He is the powerful Warrior that came to the rescue of his own at the Red Sea. Remember the Sent one came to pay our ransom and redeem us from satan, sin, and sickness. Only Jesus can save us from sin. The invitation is to join the magi to worship the King Jesus.