"He led them forth by the right way."
Psalm 107:7

"He will keep the feet of his saints."
1 Samuel 2:9

"There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed."
Joshua 13:1

If those aren't encouraging words, I don't know what are!
Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. The year 2000! That is very exciting in itself.

I can't say we are at the beginning of a new millennium, because that really begins January 1, 2001. (yes, I'm one of those that believes that way, simply because of how the Romans began their calendar. With the Year One, not the Year Zero!! That's because they didn't understand the concept of zero. But I'm not a mathematician so I won't get into detail.)

I am very thrilled to be living in this time, and in this place.

 

I was born in 1960, and that makes this year really special, because I will be celebrating my 40th birthday! I always said that the world couldn't end until I turned 40. *smile*

We as Christians know  that God the Father knows the time of the end; no one else can predict the day or the hour. We as a family never prepared too much for Y2K. We try to have enough food and water on hand in case of an earthquake, seeing as we live in a high earthquake zone. The "big one" can occur at any time.

That simply reminds us to always be prepared, in every circumstance of our lives. And what better thing to be ready for than our own end? How do you ever prepare for that? Many of us can hardly think about dying; we are so ready to live!

And yet, "it is appointed unto men once to die" (Hebrews 9:27) and although this is a very sad thought, it is a very true one, and we should not ignore it until it's too late to get ready. The book of Ecclesiastes 3 says "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die."

This is serious talk for a New Year's page! But I feel it is very important to begin a new road, knowing where you are headed. Do we know for sure that the ending of our journey will be in Heaven? We can have that blessed assurance in our hearts! It is never too late!

If you already have this peace, what are your goals for 2000? My personal desires are to draw closer to the Lord, to become more like Him, to acquire more patience, to quit complaining, to finish all projects I have started but never quite finished (like this website!) and to reach out more to those around me.

Hmmm....Can I do this? Yes! With the Lord's help, I am well able to be an overcomer, and you can be one too!

"Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work." 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

"They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." Psalm 9:10

May you all have a blessed new year, as you draw closer to Him, and consecrate your lives anew to His service!

 

Copyright LH Houben
2012