September 27, 2020 by Kgalalelo
The weather has taken a downturn again this week and we can never be sure about the morning and day temperatures. It really feels like the winter we experienced in June, just when we thought that we were celebrating spring. Anyway, this life belongs to its owner, God, and we can’t specify how things should be all the time; it is the prerogative of the boss. We are the children of God and can’t always get what we want. Some in fact, prefer winter to summer but if I had my way, I would keep the temperatures between 10°C in the mornings and 30°C during the day, throughout the year.
This year is nearly over, only three months are left to the end of December 2020. It has been a hectic year and most people can’t wait for it to end as they place their hope in the new year. When I was growing up, the elders used to welcome the new year by uttering these words, ‘the year that doesn’t love me, pass’, whenever the clock hit midnight. They said it out of habit having heard the ones before them speak.
Hope is found in God, for the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18,
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal”.
God is already in 2021 and the years that follows it. He is with us now in this year and the years that has passed. In Revelations 22:13, Jesus speaks these words, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End,” therefore, what we have to do as Paul says in Hebrews 12:2, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith”.
God is the beginning and the end because He created the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
Placing your hope on what you do not know cannot bring you comfort. The next year will be packaged differently and only God knows how it will turn out. He concealed the knowledge of the plague from us all, even the prophets. We were all caught off guard and many believers also suffered the wrath of the virus but our hope is still in Him. “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God” (Psalm 146:5). The Bible is the source of guidance and filled with words of comfort and encouragement that we may never lose hope but place it on God alone. Psalm 42: 11 also says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God”.
Further, Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 25:13, “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return”. Jesus’ return is also hidden from all of us, we only know that He is coming back soon but no human being can confirm the year, date and time. It could be tomorrow; it could be in the next year. All we have to do is be ready. The French Philosopher, Albert Camus (1913-1960), once said, “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is”. His hope was in God and He was determined to live with the knowledge of the existence of God. The only person who can say those words is one who takes refuge in God alone.
God is everywhere, meaning, there is no place in the universe where He is not. People can offer temporary relief with their creative words of encouragement or motivation or even monetary aid but that cannot go on for ever because they are not God. Humans tire eventually but God’s love, mercy and grace endures forever.
Psalm 137: 7-12 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you”.
We are persuaded through scripture to put our trust and have faith in God. Our expectations and desires are safe with Him and we can exchange our plans for His Will for our lives. He knows how to align everything we think we want with what we actually need and what brings true satisfaction. The problem with humanity is doubt, we don’t quite believe that God will do what He says He will for us. His Word is confirmation enough that He will accomplish all good things for us in our life time.
Moreover, Jesus encourages us in Matthew 6:33-34, saying, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. When we seek alignment with the kingdom, everything takes care of itself. We need not worry about tomorrow because God is already there and has prepared everything for us.
Life in the kingdom is synonymous to paradise, the state that Adam and Eve lived in before they fell from grace. Since they were aligned with God’s way of thinking and doing things, they lacked nothing because everything was provided for by default. Worry did not exist in the garden of Eden and because of sin, humans where chased out of paradise and separated from the presence of God.
We all worry from time to time but having the correct focus saves us the misery of not knowing how things would turn out tomorrow by letting God take care of it.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
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