Hide and seek was one of those childhood games we used to play outside. When the one who was “it” had finished counting to 100 he would have to shout out: “ready or not, here I come”. We are hard up against a new year. 2018 is right on our doorstep with all of its challenges and heartaches, with all of its opportunities and obstacles. It will come whether we are ready or not. What attitudes should we as God’s people have to be better prepared for this new year?
We need to approach the new year with a sense of anticipation. God is always looking to further His work in the world and by His grace wants to use us. He has big plans for us if we will be like Isaiah who simply said: “here am I, send me” Isa. 6:8. Another attitude that will help us properly approach 2018 is having a rugged steadfastness. Paul challenges us in 1 Cor. 15:58: “Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…”. Things may get tough for us this year. It may involve physical affliction or emotional turmoil or family struggles. We need to be ready to stand strong in our love for the Lord and our faithful walk with Him no matter what may happen. I believe we need to have another attitude in place at the edge of the new year. We should be looking toward the skies with a ready expectation. 2018 may be the year when our Lord fulfills His promise of returning to the earth to receive those who believe in Him. This could be the year when we experience the promise found in 1 Thess. 4:16,17: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord”.
January 1 is upon us. Perhaps this is the year we will hear our Lord say: “ready or not, here I come”.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation