“Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble! Do not be afraid of them! The LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He will not abandon you or leave you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Life is filled with beginnings and endings: the end of one day and the beginning of another, the end of a rain shower and the beginning of sunshine, the end of a week, month, and year and the beginning of another, the end of one task and the beginning of a new challenge.
Beginnings and endings, good days and bad, joys and sorrows are all a part of our lives. But none of us know how many days and years remain for us.
Every year brings changes – changes in both our physical and spiritual life. Spiritually, our faith becomes stronger or weaker. Our love grows warmer or colder. Our commitment to Christ increases or decreases. Physically we all get older. Our children grow up and leave home. For some, illness weights us down. For others, death separates us from loved ones. For still others, a house is exchanged for an apartment or a bed in an assisted living facility.
Some changes bring gladness; others cause pain. Some changes bring joy; others bring tears and heartache. Through it all the clock of time keeps ticking. The pages on the calendar are turned one after another.
How has it been for you in your life with God the past year? Is your faith stronger or weaker than it was a year ago? Are you now closer to the Lord or further away from Him? Remember, He has not moved or changed!
While there are many things we do not know, what we do know in all these beginnings and endings is what God said (Malachi 3:6) “I, the LORD, never change.” And as was written in the letter to the Hebrews (13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We cannot fully grasp with our limited minds that God is eternal – without beginning and without ending. He is from everlasting to everlasting.
So how do we handle all the beginnings and endings? The words Moses spoke to God’s people can help us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble! Do not be afraid of them! The LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He will not abandon you or leave you.”
Our life is ordered and regulated by the Lord God, our heavenly Father. God dearly loves us. He loved us so much that He gave His only-begotten Son to redeem us through the Cross on Calvary. So now, no matter where we are, whatever our days may bring – no matter what the beginnings or endings may be – we are in the loving hands of our heavenly Father and in His safekeeping. As Jesus said it: (John 10:27-29) My sheep respond to My voice, and I know who they are. They follow Me, and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from Me. My Father, who gave them to Me, is greater than everyone else, and no one can tear them away from My Father. Therefore, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in Him we hope, in Him we trust, in Him we serve one another in Jesus’ name.
– Reverend Joel Holls