Words from the Heart for Saturday December 31st, 2016
A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
Job 14:5 (NIV)
At the end of this year, look back. How have you spent your days? How have you grown spiritually? In what ways can you grow in 2017? Since our days are numbered, make this next year count for the glory of God!
Have you ever wondered how political riding boundaries are determined in Canada? Every ten years (in the year ending in 1 rather than the year in 0), Canada conducts its census. After the census is done, the seats in parliament are re-allocated to the provinces based on population. In each province, the new lines are drawn by a three-member independent commission — one appointed by the Chief Justice and two appointed by the Speaker of the House of Commons. Once the commission for each province receives the population data and the number of ridings that the province will have for the next decade, the commission draws up a draft plan. After the draft plan is released, there is a comment period that includes public hearings. After those hearings, a “final” plan is released which is “referred” to parliament for a vote.
Another year has reached its end. It is New Year’s Eve and a time to look back on all that has happened over the past 365 days. The days seem to fly by, and sometimes it is difficult to believe that another year has come and gone. Tomorrow a new year will begin and 2017 will be underway. It is tempting on this New Year’s Eve to look ahead. But there is some good advice from the Bible that fits a time like this. Job 14:5 says “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” This promise brings great hope to the year ahead. But is also causes us to look back. When we do we will notice just how true this is. Take time today to look back over the last 365 days. How have you seen the Lord determine your life? How have you seen the Lord been a part of your life each day of this past year? As you look forward to a new year, how does knowing that the Lord has determined your days, and has set limits that you cannot exceed, bring you peace? Those who don’t know the Lord look forward to a new year with some trepidation. They have no assurance that anyone is control of the days ahead. But we who know Christ have the peace that He alone can give. Keep on trusting and He will guide you through each day.
These have been words from the heart.