Happy New Year
At the time of this writing, we are 12.5 hours away from 2021. There is no need to fear that meme that I mentioned at the beginning of our Advent series. The calendar will not go from 12/31/20 to 13/1/20. The page will flip on 1/1/2021. While we will leave the year 2020, the challenges that arose from 2020 will march with us into the New Year. This would be a cause for alarm if we didn’t have Hebrews 13:8 with us as we leave one tough year and into an unknown new year. Whatever challenges come with us from 2020 and whatever difficulties lie ahead of us in 2021, by the Spirit’s help, we rejoice in the one who is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb 13:8). As Pastor Dan so helpfully reminded my soul this past Sunday, our emphasis tends to be on the always of Philippians 4:4. I think that is the case because we are so focused on what we must do. In reality, since we don’t always rejoice in the Lord as we ought, the emphasis rightly rests on the always of the Lord in whom we delight. Year in and year out into eternity, he remains the same, and that is our only ground for wishing one another a Happy New Year. We don’t know if it will be circumstantial happiness. We do know that it can be Christ-centered happiness.
By grace, striving for joy with you,