December 31


Today is New Year’s Eve – the last day of 2018.  At midnight tonight, you will say goodbye to the pervious year.  Now, this may be a positive for you.  You may be ecstatic to see this year go by.  The divorce, chemotherapy, break-up, job loss, etc. may be great to put in the rearview mirror as you drive into 2019.  However, for others, the thought of this year going by may bring sadness.  This may be the last year you have your kids at home with you, the last year before retirement or graduation, the last year before the deployment, the last year in your current town before you move . . . there are a number of reasons why you may want to tap the breaks before celebrating the dawn of a new day.

Whatever your frame of mind on the transition to 2019, we must face the reality – we cannot stay in today, we must walk into tomorrow. 

As we do that, there is a perspective that I think is helpful regardless of our feelings of excitement or regret as 2018 draws to a close.  That perspective is this:  regardless of your feelings, there is one thing that is true today that will be true tomorrow . . . and every other tomorrow that follows.  That “thing” is that God reigns and is sovereign over all.  His rule knows no end and will persist forevermore.  We can take comfort in that security!

This viewpoint is sung beautifully by Phil Wyckham in his song, “Evermore,” where the chorus says, “He shall reign forevermore, Humble King, Sovereign Lord, He shall reign forevermore!” 

As you enter into the new year, may this song remind you of the solid rock our future rests on if we know Christ.

“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him . . . The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.”  (Psalm 103:15-17a, 19)

Evermore – Phil Wyckham

Of the Father’s love begotten

‘Ere the world began to be

He the source of all that has been

And all the future years will see

Evermore, evermore

He shall reign forevermore

Humble King, Sovereign Lord

He shall reign forevermore

Oh, that birth forever blessed

When the chosen virgin go

By the Holy Ghost conceiving

Bore the Savior of our world

Evermore, evermore

He shall reign forevermore

Humble King, Sovereign Lord

He shall reign forevermore

He is found in human fashion

Death and sorrow here to know

That the race of Adam’s children

Doomed by law to endless woe

Need not henceforth die and perish

In the dreadful gulf below

But forever rest in beauty

In the lights of Heaven’s glow



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