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Perspective of the New Year

Some people think events in the world and in human life are not controlled by anything other than chance. Others think that the destiny of the world and details of their lives are determined by what is called “fate”, notwithstanding they have no specific definition of what is meant by fate.

In every book of the Bible it is implied, if not explicitly stated, that a supreme authority and a power created the world and directs every event and every detail of human life, often overruling the most powerful nations and leaders. Even that God given attribute we call, “free will” is limited by the overriding umbrella of God’s control in the affairs of men and nations and He directs them according to His own purposes and pleasures. Dozens of Scripture verses confirm this fact. Here are some examples “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians Ch. 1; Vs. 16-18) A similar quotation is found in Revelation Ch. 4:11. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.” This is a major teaching of the Bible Theologians call, “Providence”.

A popular song a few years back expresses the concept of God’s providential care and control in simple common language. The three verses start with these phrases “He Holds The whole world, In His hands”; “He Holds The Tiny Little Baby In His Hands”; and, “He Holds You And Me Brother, In His Hands”.

In other words, God has a detailed plan and purpose, for the future destiny of the world and men and He has more than enough power to fulfill His purposes, and pleasures. Jesus said our heavenly Father provides food for the tiny sparrows and causes the beautiful wild lilies to grow. He also said in St. Luke 12:7, “ the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

The point is that those who know and trust God have no fear of what a new year or the unknown future may hold. They know that God has everything under control even though the devil and our fallen race have temporarily introduced into His beautiful world all sorts of fears, chaos, and confusion.

Christians are convinced that when one year ends it only marks the beginning of a new and exciting time period in which God will bring them closer to His ultimate purpose of greater blessings and opportunities He has promised. Paul puts it in these words in the Epistle to the Romans (Ch. 8:28) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Pastor Gene Holman of Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.