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Monday, January 2, 2012
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"From Everlasting To Everlasting"
"And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years" (Genesis 1:14). "But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:17).
I'm not sure how the dropping of the ball or other items on New Year's Eve originated (although I am sure I could look it up). For many it's a festive way to signal the passing of another year. However we are at an age where we are content simply to watch the ball drop in NYC if we manage to stay up till midnight!
Certainly there are many customs all over the world to mark this important turn of the calendar year. It should be without exception that we, as believers, reflect upon the faithfulness of God personally and in the cosmic realm as we embark upon another year of seeking to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. We desire that this bring rich assurance that can be applied immediately and also placed in reserve for the inevitable challenges ahead. We want to encourage readers by examining an aspect of God's incredible steadfastness and faithfulness so fitting to ponder today.
From the very beginning of creation God ordained the year as a time unit. Along with days and seasons these are the three time units ordained at creation. All three are related to the creative work of God on the fourth day.
The annual unit represents the precise time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun a single time, along with its rotation marking days and movement on its axis, which marks seasons. It's been absolutely fixed since the fourth day of Creation. What an incredible statement to express God's faithfulness! Indeed the hymn writer summed it up, "Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love."
As the new year of 2012 begins each of us deal with vacillating circumstances. This should remind us of our fundamental need to place our trust in God because He who has fixed the "sun, moon and stars in their courses above" loves us and cares deeply for us today. All may change, but Jesus never, glory to His Name! Rest in this promise: "But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him."
One thing I know that I have found
Through all the troubles that surround
You are the rock that never fails You never fail
One thing I know that I believe
Through every blessing I receive
You are the only one that stays, You always stay
You’ll never change, You’re still the same
You are the everlasting God
You will remain, after the day is gone
And things on earth have passed
(see video link below to listen to this song)
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Yesterday, today, and forever You are the faithful, changeless One, Father. Your works in the past are testimony to Your majesty, power, and provision for our lives today. Your presence today steadies our walk as You lead us in the paths of righteousness while we forge ahead in 2012. Your future blessings are waiting to be unfolded in our lives as we faithfully yield to You our heart, our soul, and our mind. We look to You for everything we need for life and godliness in this present age as we await Your soon return. Come, Lord Jesus, come! Amen.
information about the photo of the praying elderly man (known as Grace) and inquired from our readers regarding the history of the praying woman photo (known as Gratitude). A careful researcher found this interesting article.
Jack Brown, a reader of this series from Michigan, sent us an interesting study he had done on God's promises that will bless our readers as they face 2012.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Everlasting God" Video New Life Worship (This is the song which we posted the lyrics at the bottom of today's message. It is written by Glenn Packiam.
"From The East Unto The West" Video The Odes of Solomon We heard this song on our local Christian radio station today and it has a contagiously catchy melody!
"Eternity" Video Brian Doerksen
List of items dropped on New Year's Eve.
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