What lies in store for us in the year we entered today we know only in broad, general terms. But we know not how long we will continue in this valley where the shadow of death is cast. For some, today will be the last day in this vale of tears. Others may be here for another week or month. Some of us will live through this whole year and beyond. And created as thinking, willing creatures we have faculties whereby we can and do plan, and whereby we judge whether what we desire to see happen this year is threatened by what takes place round about us.
The big question, however, is not whether the wishes of our flesh will be fulfilled. The all-controlling question is not what the year will bring to us, but where the year will bring us. And the Word of God contains such comfort for the child of God, because it not only tells us where we are going, but also assures us that all that which the year brings us will, without one exception, bring us to the glory of the kingdom of God's dear Son. For the psalmist declares in Psalm 73:24, "Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel and afterward receive me to glory."
Take that truth with you today and every day throughout the years of your life. The all-wise and almighty God has the glory, of those whom He purchased by the blood of His Son, planned to the smallest detail. If you belong to that innumerable host that He gave to His Son, you will find heavenly glory at the end of the road you now travel on this earth.
Sing then that truth of Psalm 73:24 as versified with these words (PRC Psalter):
My soul with Thy counsel
Through life Thou wilt guide,
And afterward make me in glory abide.
Sing it as soon as you wake up in the morning and face a new day. Sing it no matter what the day may bring you. For all that happens is bringing you to the glory Christ Himself now has and has purchased for His people.
(Song for Meditation: Psalter #58)
Why not sing along??
Quote for Reflection:
Our Hope for the New Year: “…let the dawn of the first day of the year find us on our knees, humbly seeking the face of Him who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ our Lord. Not to ask Him for things He will never give. Not to seek the things that are on the earth. But to leave all things to Him, if only we may be assured of His everlasting mercy. Then all will be well! “Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” (Psalm 33:22). ” - Herman Hoeksema
- Date: 1-January
Rev. John A. Heys was born on March 16, 1910 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was ordained and installed into the ministry at Hope, Walker, MI in 1941. He later served at Hull, Iowa beginning in 1955. In 1959 he accepted the call to serve the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church. He received and accepted the call to Holland, Michigan Protestant Reformed Church in 1967. He retired from the active ministry in 1980. He entered into glory on February 16, 1998.