Deuteronomy 4:39,40—Today, recognize and keep in mind that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other. Keep His statutes and commands, which I am giving you today, so that you and your children after you may prosper and so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time.
The last day of the year is epic in so many ways. For those who experienced a tough year finally there is at least calendar closure and with that the hope that the year ahead can only get better. At the other end of the spectrum are those happy souls who love any excuse to noisily party, to revel endings and new beginnings. My dogs will dislike this crowd because their fireworks will set them on edge and unless I bring them inside they will not stop barking.
The optimists will smile with anticipation of a new year and the opportunity to log significant resolutions. Don’t remind them of the fact that many of those goals last about as long as a Christmas tree stays green—they are not interested in negativity. The pragmatists who disdain hubbub and wish people would just “grow up” and act as serious as they do, will find little of value to the 31stand it is best to just let them find their own peaceful corner.
Epic! Bowl games, gatherings, store discounts, and frenzy to set even wet hair on fire if that were possible—all part of endings and beginnings. But today, we would do far better to listen to Moses and recognize what is most important. Remember—an omnipresent, timeless Father not only exists, but loves you and me. There is no one else like Him!
Don’t let hype or depression, celebration or relaxation define your focus. The all-powerful, ever vigilant, unchanging GOD of earth and heaven wants your attention. Look beyond the day and the date and wrap your heart around what is most important. Follow after the Lord and do what He wants so that you and your children may flourish and so that you may enjoy the life He meant for you on this ever-rotating planet! Something better to think about . . . in reveration!
Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days.—A.W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)