In God’s Hands

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Happy New Year! It’s a time when people tend to make resolutions and changes in their lifestyle. We join a gym to get in shape. We diet to lose weight. We make a family budget to manage our finances. We promise ourselves any number of things to improve the way we live. In all of what we do, is all of what God has done included in our plans?

We’ve just celebrated Christmas, the Incarnation, God becoming one of us, a human being. God wrapped “the Word” that was in the beginning and created everything that exists, in the flesh of a fragile infant. The living Word, Jesus Christ, grew to become a man who touched this world with the Kingdom of God by touching broken human lives with healing and health and hope.

God gave up his Son, Jesus, to death on the cross so that we could have forgiveness for our sin that separates us from God, and be reconciled with God. Then God raised Jesus to new life, giving us the victory over death so we might live with him forever in the Kingdom of Heaven. God is awesome, and has done everything necessary for our salvation. That is the change in our lives that we desire above all else. We only need to believe in Jesus Christ and trust God to give us his saving faith.

Knowing all that God has done for us, how about making our first and most prominent New Year resolution to follow God’s plan to work in us and through us, leading us by the power of his Holy Spirit to eternal life in his Kingdom? God’s grace is poured into us every time we hear his Word and receive his Sacrament in worship. How about making worship a priority so all that God pours into us overflows out of us into the lives of the people and the world around us? God grows and builds our faith every time we read the Bible, and listen and obey the words He speaks to us.

How about a New Year resolution to get more involved in daily personal devotion and prayer? How about joining other believers in studying the Scriptures? How about spending more time in prayer, not only asking God to provide for our needs and the needs of others, but actually listening to God to see how He might use us as answers to our prayers?

If you decide to make the New Year resolutions I have suggested, I hope you will keep them so that God’s resolution to send his Son, Jesus, to save you and all who believe in Him becomes more prominent and evident in your life. If you want to have a happy new year, put yourself in God’s hands and trust Him to bless you! “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Pastor Kurt Wandrey