Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 (To everything a season); Psalm 8 (How exalted is your name); Revelation 21:1-6a (New heaven and new earth); Matthew 25:31-46 (Separation of the sheep and goats)
There is a time for everything. Solomon reminds us of that truth in his lament that we know of as Ecclesiastes. As this New Year starts it is a reminder that in a small way, everyone’s clock starts again from zero. We begin a year that is full of promise. 366 blank pages to write our story on for this year. A new beginning for this devotional as I will be reading through the Common Lectionary instead of leading you in passages that will read all the way through the Bible in a year. The reading in the book of the Revelation looks forward to that time when we will experience a new heaven and a new earth. And you thought the New Year was full of promise?
As we prepare to live in this New Year, how can we make it a great one? Well, to begin with, we need to get our relationship in God established. David reminds us of the glory of God and His creation in Psalm 8. We are to recognize God as Creator as we view the world in which we live. We should be reminded of God’s great love for us as shown in Jesus Christ. If you have not sought reconciliation with God and the forgiveness He offers in Jesus Christ begin this year by doing that right now. We are also reminded of the call that we have in service. The parable of the Sheep and the Goats in the Matthew passage is a stark reminder of what it means to serve God every single day of our lives. We serve God by finding ways to care for those in need. Make this year a year of service and worship and experience all the joy that God has ready for you.
Lord God, we face this year with great anticipation. Keep us grounded in the faith so that we might worship You in spirit and in truth whether we are praising Your creation or heading to work.