A New Year

Over the past few days, I have said it over and over again, “it is hard to believe the year is gone”. Yes, we are hours away from welcoming 2015.

Don’t you think that time is a funny thing. And I’m not just talking about how long sermons are. One minute you’re holding a baby, the next minute you’re watching them walk across the floor, then on their way to school, then accepting their diploma, and soon they are coming down the aisle. The fact is, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

Now it’s the end of a year, and we’re drawn toward looking back over what’s gone well, what’s gone wrong, what we could have done differently, how unexpected events shifted the course of our lives. We ponder. We reflect. We treasure certain moments in our hearts as gifts of the year. We have little control over the passage of time. But we must remember the words that Jesus spoke.

Mark 1:15: “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

In other words, “the kingdom of God is now”. This present moment is the place that God has positioned us. In every area of our lives, God positions us for blessing, for victory and for service. We are not placed anywhere or anyplace where God sets us up for failure, but he knows the plans that he has for us, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us an expected, a planned end. (Jere. 29.11)

No matter how 2014 has treated you, know this, the kingdom of God is now. We are not waiting for God to move, He is the God of right now, and wherever you are, God is there.