SATURDAY December 31, 2016
New Year’s Eve
In Him [Christ] also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will… - Ephesians 1:11
Most people celebrating New Year’s Eve do a great deal of reminiscence. Memories from the past twelve months bring to their mind moments they have enjoyed and cherished. While other people may have endured a difficult year and for the most part, they are glad it has finally ended. Whatever has transpired during the former year, may we be thankful for the good times and the bad. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us: …in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
You may question, “Why should I do that? Can I really give thanks to God for my sufferings this past year?” It is important to understand that God works all things out for good, even the most painful of times in your life. Romans 8:28 gives to us this strong consolation: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
When suffering happens we need to look to the cross––Christ’s death on the cross worked all things together for our good. God’s will meant suffering in the life of Christ but His suffering brought about eternal life for those who would accept Him as their Savior. John 3:16 simply explains: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Through Jesus’ submission to His Father’s will to die on the cross, we have gained an eternal inheritance. God had a plan––our salvation. Trust the Lord and believe that any suffering God has allowed in your life is for a greater plan for good.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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