As the old year winds down and the new year begins, we pause to reflect on the past year and I wonder where the time went. Yet, scripture is clear about just how quickly our life dissipates. David wrote about it. (Psalm 39:4-7) As did James;
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”—James 4:13-15
David offers yet another vivid picture;
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them. —Psalm 103:15-18
Admittedly, I am entering the new year wanting to meet some physical goals, by sticking to a regimented exercise program. I also want to meet some professional objectives. Yet, spending time with my Lord is even more critical. This is the foundation on which the others should be built. Without the solid foundation, which is the Rock, Jesus Christ, our life is built on sand. How can we offer stability to others if our life is built on shifting sand? (1 Timothy 4:7-9) Building our life on the foundation of Christ is like the lighthouse built on the solid rock-bed of the shoreline. In contrast, building our life on the priorities of this world, is like building a castle on a sandy beaches. The former stands strong through the storms of life, while the later dissipates with the ever changing tide of this world’s happenstances.
My prayer for us, this first day of day of 2013, is that although our life is short, the Lord will prompt us to the opportunities to assist others in the coming year and that we will be responsive to His promptings, thereby making the best use of our time left in this world. I also pray that He will help us check our goals against what truly honors Him and then with the aid of the Holy Spirit prioritize our objectives this year to insure that they reflect what is really important in our life, our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Happy New Year, friend.
Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. — Fanny Crosby, Blessed Assurance