Reflect In Your Heart
Monday, January 7 2019
How do you start a new year?
Some people start as they finished the past year: filled with worries and fears, with sadness and sorrow, with pessimism and despair.
Others start with renewed resolutions, fresh hopes and expectations that the new year will somehow be different, be better than the past year.
Maybe a wiser question would be: how should we start a new year?
As I thought about an answer, I remembered the words that are the motto for Reflections For Living:
"Acknowledge and take to heart this day
that the LORD is God
in heaven above and on the earth below.
There is no other."
(Deuteronomy 4:39 – NIV)
And in another translation:
"Know therefore this day,
and consider it in your heart,
that the LORD he is God
in heaven above, and on the earth beneath:
there is none else."
(Deuteronomy 4:39 - AKJV)
My greatest desire and my intimate prayer has been and continues to be that those who enter and read what I post in R4L might learn and reflect in their hearts, might recognize and seriously consider the truths about God and their own lives:
Firstly, that the day and the time to do this is today - not tomorrow or another time, but today - because: “Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6: 2b).
Secondly, that God exists and is, always has been and always will be. "I am the Alpha and the Omega - the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come - the Almighty One." (Revelation 1:8).
Thirdly, that He is absolute and sovereign in all the universe, be that in heaven above or on the earth below. He alone rules with all authority over all things and all people. The apostle Paul calls him the "King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God" - and the "blessed and only Ruler, King of kings and Lord of lords" (1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15)
Fourthly, that He is unique and incomparable – that there is no one like Him. The prophet Isaiah wrote: "This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it … I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God." (Isaiah 44:6,7a; 45:5a).
And, finally, that this eternal and sovereign and only God has a name - and that name is YAHVEH. When the patriarch Moses asked God for His name: “God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you." (Exodus 3:14)
May today be the day that you reflect and recognize that YAHVEH is the God of all creation - and the God of your life, of all that you are and do, all that you think and feel.
May today be the day that you are absolutely sure that God exists – and that He is the absolute King and the sovereign Lord over all there is, including you.
May today be the day that you do not doubt that He is unique and incomparable in wisdom, in love and in power – in all the universe, and in your own life.
May today be the day that you are fully trusting that this God, this King, this Lord who calls Himself YAHVEH loves you deeply, forgives and frees you from your sins out of sheer grace, and wants to carry you in his kind and mighty arms throughout this new year.
Dear friend: you do not have to face 2019 alone and filled with worries and fears, sadness and sorrow, pessimism and despair. You can walk with YAHVEH, who promises to always be with you, and to never leave you nor forsake you. Only “commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” (Psalm 37:5)
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