new year begins, we can rest assured that it will
bring changes to our lives. Some will be
appreciated while others may bring us pain,
disappointment and maybe change our lives
life keeps happening!
would have thought this time last year that 20
beautiful 5-and 6-year-old children would be
buried because one mad man killed them? Their
families’ lives will be forever changed. Their
nice city will always bear the scars left by the
tragedy as they mourn their losses.
no guarantee that the plans and resolutions we are
making now will come to fruition. Does that mean
we are curl to up in a corner and live in dread
and discouragement? NO, a thousand times, NO!
Not as long as God lives, NO.
will keep happening, but God is still on His
throne. We still have options; we still can make
choices as to how we will live as “life keeps
happening.” Our future depends on how we face
life and what we put our confidence in. Some
things will continue to change, as long as time
lasts. Of course, not all change is bad! God has
ordained progress in His earth. New technology,
new medical cures, etc. that benefit mankind are
good and profitable. When these changes are
misused, they become harmful and detrimental to
what God intended.
can we depend on to be steadfast and unmovable to
establish a secure foundation? All signs point to
the need for a stable place to stand in this
ensuing year. What can that be? What is
unchangeable, forever settled?
“Conservative” folks are gradually losing their
toe-hold on traditional values that they grew up
with and thought would last throughout the
ages. We live in a “relativity” age. Truth
doesn’t apply if it requires lifestyles to alter
their values. A new set of rules are just put
into place, old ones discarded. But rest assured
that the plan God set in place when He created
this world will not be thwarted by new rules made by
any of His creatures!
doesn’t matter how many times the stone falls on
the hammer, the hammer doesn’t break—the stone
does. The only “new rules” that will not offend
God are those made within the guidelines of the
ones He has made. So before we concur with new
ideas, let us investigate how they line up with
God’s. Any deviation from God’s “ideas” will
result in ultimate failure. How can we know what
to stand firm on and what to be lenient toward?
What is positive truth and always reliable, never
needing to be altered as time marches on? Only
one standard measures up to God’s values—His Word!
ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”
the 16th king of Judah, faced gross negligence in
the beautiful Temple that Solomon had built. It
had been desecrated by pagan worship and lay in
ruins. He ordered it to be restored, and during
the restoration, “The Book of the Law” was
discovered. Imagine this: God’s Word had been
lost in His house! Sadly, there seems to be a
repetition of that today in some places. The
remedy for today is the same as the one that
Josiah used when the “lost” Word of God was
recovered in the Temple ruins.
Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, 'Hilkiah
the priest hath delivered me a book.' And Shaphan
read it before the king. And it came to pass,
when the king had heard the words of the book of
the law, that he rent his clothes. And the king
commanded Hilkiah the priest…'Go ye, enquire of
the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all
Judah, concerning the words of this book that is
found...to do according unto all that which is
written…' ” (2 Kings 22:10-13).
only way that America will find the way back to
foundational values, the only way that individuals
will find the illusive peace and safety that they
seek is the same path that Josiah chose.
Rediscover “The Book” and “do according unto all
that which is written.”
begin a new year, what better time than NOW to go
back to the Bible for rules of conduct and
morality, for prosperity and daily living with
each other? If we expect the blessings that God
has promised to those who seek first His Kingdom,
we have to play by His rules. They are not hard
to find nor are they grievous. Just dust off “The
Book” and open its pages to find life in its
not the first generation that has tried to
eliminate God’s Word. In the third century, Roman
Emperor Diocletian declared, “I have completely
exterminated the Christian writings from the face
of the earth.” He was not able to do so.
17th century, Voltaire said that within 100 years
the Bible would be no more. His prophesy failed.
19th century, Robert Ingersoll stated that in 15
years he would have the Bible in the morgue. He is
gone; the Bible is still alive!
households have a Bible on a shelf or even on the
coffee table; but displaying it will not put it in
the heart. The Psalmist said “Thy word have I
hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against
thee” Psalm 119:11). It has to be applied to be
effective. Solomon said, “I applied mine heart
to know wisdom…” Ecclesiastes 8:16.
beginning of wisdom is to start with a key that
will open wisdom. A good place to begin is
with Paul's advice to the Romans. It's the
"inside track" to understanding the rest of the
"...the word of faith, which we preach; That if
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation" Romans 10:8-10).
make one resolution for this New Year, it should
be that we will “apply” Biblical principles to our
daily lives; and we have to get into the Word and
allow the Word to get into us to make this work.
Wouldn't this be a good consolidated venture for
all of us? It is the only
hope for individuals and for our nation. Let’s
discard our change-as-needed book of rules and
apply God’s unchangeable one, and we will soon
begin to see results that are “out of this
world”! That is the resume that God is looking
for in His people.
LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his
face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and
give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24-16).
a Happy and Blessed New Year!