No one knows what the future holds. We’re quick to wish a “happy new year” on January 1st, but we actually have very little control over how things will play out. “You do not know what a day may bring,”1 the Bible cautions. Over the past year, a number of my friends went through some very trying times, and wishing them happiness and success now feels slightly hollow.
It’s good to plan ahead and lay solid foundations in our personal and professional lives, but we know from the start that the year is going to be full of events and circumstances that we haven’t foreseen and that we will have limited ability to influence.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, if it reminds us that when all is said and done, the happiest and most secure place for us and our loved ones is in God’s hands. Perhaps rather than wishing the outward manifestations of happiness to those we care about, we should wish for them to be connected to the source of those blessings, the loving Father who promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”2
Whether this year brings prosperity or hardship, health or sickness, love or loss, we can be assured of God’s love and presence,3 His ability to answer our prayers,4 and His standing resolution to make all things work together for good in the lives of those who are His children and who love Him.5 God never forgets His promises and He’s never unable to keep them. As Paul observed, “All of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’”6
God bless you with His presence and care in the coming year.