GORDO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Are you happy or sad to 2022 go?
Year! What is your answer to the question that is asked in the sermon title? Is
today just another day? I would like us in our own way, to think for a few
minutes about the year 2022, what are
your thoughts? For you, your family, your friends, was it a good year?
Were there any special moments this past year that will remain with you for a
long time? As I continue to ask questions of a more personal kind, compared to
other years how do you rate 2022? I take a bit of time of reflection when we turn
the calendar from one year to another. There have been some years that I would have
liked to have seen never end. There have been others that I was ready to see
what a new year would bring. The fact is in many ways it may be more symbolic
than real that one year is really better than another.
scripture we read today we see an acknowledgment that God is in control. The 5th
verse honestly states, “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup
you have made my lot secure.” When we consider how we believe 2022 went,
we need to realize God is there providing us with what we need to live life. We
are also given the ability to trust and rely on God for much of what we need or
we can go out on our own. It is our choice. Verse 6 says, “The boundary lines have
fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
Notice it says the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Again,
pointing out God has allowed good things, even one might say caused good things
to come my way. I do not want to say God
does not allow us any ability to make things better for ourselves or our
families or make things worse. God gives us a lot of options. Which ones we
choose is up to us. What I am saying is each year begins and ends with God rooting
As we take a
broader look at 2022, we can reflect on things that have happened in our
community, our state, our nation and in the world. Is our community in a better
place today than it was at the start of 2022? How about our state, our nation,
this world we live in. Each person here this morning may have a different
answer for each one of these questions. We all view life in different ways. God
made us uniquely different, so it is only natural that not everyone views
things the same way.
on to one more question about 2022. Spiritually what kind of year has 2022 been
for you? As Christians this is really the most important question. Has 2022
been a year in which you have grown closer and stronger in the Lord? Or has 2022
been a year that has been a struggle because it seems there have been more
questions than answers. Oftentimes health problems, financial problems and
relationship problems make life difficult. Satan is always trying to tell us
God does not care about what we are going through. Of course, that is a lie but
that is all Satan knows how to do. So, as I mentioned all those things to
consider, what do you think?
first at the last question about how 2022 has been for you and me spiritually,
what is your answer? I would like to read the last five verses of the 16th
chapter of Pslam at this time as you consider your answer.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
If we can
somehow make verse 7 and 8 our verses as we face life, every year can be a year
full of promise and hope. I especially like what verse 8 says. “I have set the
Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand. I will not be
shaken.” Man, if we can lock these words into our hearts and minds. Nothing
can or will defeat us. The second half of the verse 8 says it all, because he
(God) is at my right hand I will not be shaken. What a powerful statement of
faith and trust. That is where God wants us to be.
So, as we
begin 2023, let us be honest about what may have gone right and what may have
gone wrong in 2022. After we spend a little time reflecting on that though, it
is time to look forward to this new year we are beginning. There may be times of
great joy and there may be moments of deep sorrow. There may also be everything
in between. No matter what 2023 brings our way, if we allow the Lord to help us
grow spiritually to the point we can honestly say, “I have set the Lord always
before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” If more times
than not we face every situation that comes our way with that kind of
confidence, the Lord will see to it 2023 is a year of victory. Have a blessed
and victorious 2023! The Lord is with you every minute of the day if we only
Tuesday, January 3 9:30 Bible study resumes.
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