The article below appeared in the Geneva Church of Christ bulletin, December 28, 2014, and was written by Douglas M. Williams, Sr., Minister.
What does the Bible say about the New Year?
“Go forward” (Exodus 14:15).
These are the words that God told Moses to speak to the children of Israel as they were being pursued by the Egyptian enemy with the Red Sea in front of them. The Bible then tells us how God parted the water of the Red Sea, and they were able to “go on dry ground through the midst of the sea” (Exodus 14:16).
As we face the New Year, let us “go forward” with confidence in the blessings of God that He has promised to never leave us, but to always be with us. We can say as Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). And “this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
The poet Everett Wentworth Hill wrote the following words entitled, A Better Way:
There is no return to the things we did
In the hours of yesterday.
But we can go forward to better things
And do them a better way.
We cannot retrace the steps we have made,
Nor call back the words we said.
No, we cannot do things over again —
But we can do better instead.
We can and should examine our lives often and resolve to do better, but the New Year is certainly a time for us to make resolutions to do better. The words of John are always appropriate, and our prayer for you in 2015 is given at 3 John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”