By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
When we get out of bed each day, we never know what the day may bring forth, whether good or bad. We might drive a short distance, and find ourselves in a horrible car wreck. Or, we might get the day’s mail and learn that we have inherited a substantial sum of money from a now-deceased relative. I well remember the day the phone rang, and I was told my 58 year old brother had died unexpectedly of a heart attack in a hotel lobby in a foreign country. How shocked we were! His sudden death proved the truthfulness of something we find in the Old Testament’s Book Of Proverbs. It has a statement that applies, not only to today, but to tomorrow. It says in Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Yes, it is true that life is unpredictable and uncertain.
But we who have read God’s infallible Word, the Bible, know that it presents to us many promises that are absolutely certain, for they have been made by God who has said of himself, “For I am the LORD, I change not.” That statement is found in the 6th verse of the 3rd chapter of the Old Testament’s Book of Malachi, which is the last book of the Old Testament. One of the precious promises God has made to his people is found in the 5th verse of 13th chapter the New Testament’s Book of Hebrews. In this verse God promises, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” How reassuring is this truth! How comforting! No matter what circumstances we might face in life, if we know Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have his promise to always be with us. That is true of the new year, 2014, soon to arrive. Here is one of my poems, written to encourage us about the new year.
The Lord will be near in the new year.
This is his promise, so be of good cheer!
Face it with faith, not with fear,
for every day he will be near.
Near, to comfort and console.
Near, to soothe a hurting soul.
Near, to lead us to our heavenly goal.
Near, when trials have taken their toll.
Near, to give us what is best.
Near, to assure us we are blest.
Near, to bring our weary hearts rest.
Near, to strengthen us for every test.
Near, to restore us when we stray.
Near, to forgive us when we pray.
Near, to help us start a new day.
Near, near, come what may.