HERE WE GO AGAIN                                                                                                              Andy Hollifield 1-2-19

Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

This truth was written by the wisest man who ever lived or ever will.  That is a good verse to keep in mind as we start the new year.  That verse simply says things don’t change they just repeat.  By the time many of you read this, you will be getting ready or on your way back to work or school.  All the dread after a couple of days or weeks off is now coming to pass.  Just like the dread you had last year at this time and the year before that and so on.  See, nothing really changed except the calendar.  I would dare to say that today is the culmination of a lot of wasted worry and dread for a lot of people.  If I have just described you, I have a thought for you:  A lot of people didn’t have the opportunity to wake up and grumble this morning.  We should all just thank God that he has blessed us to see another day and another year.  This is just what I do but I have a little saying of my own that I want to share with you.  When someone asked how I am doing today, I smile and say “I can’t complain.  God let me wake up this morning and my feet hit the floor under my own power and that’s better than a lot of folks did.

I dread stuff and get uptight too but really there is no need to worry.  There is a little Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr, an American theologian that we should all take to heart and apply to our lives.  It says “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”  I find in my life that most of the things I spent my time and energy worrying about are the things I cannot change.  Sometimes it is hard to accept the fact that there are things that we can’t change.  It is especially hard when you are a “fixer” to accept that there is anything you can’t somehow fix.  The good thing is that we have a God that can.  Just like the angel asked Sarah in Genesis 18:14 “”Is any thing too hard for the Lord?”  In Jeremiah 32:27 God answers the question with a question and says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”  Jesus answered the question in Luke 1:37 saying, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  We read that a lot and think that it is real encouraging but we continue to worry and try to fix things.  When we do that, we are selling God short and not having the faith we should have in God.  We can take God at his word because he has stood the test of time and proven himself throughout scripture.  Let me share just a few things with you.

First off, if reading about the creation or even the ten plagues in Egypt isn’t enough, then there is Joshua 10:13.  That is the day that Joshua needed more daylight in order to fight and defeat their enemies.  It was no big thing for God; he just made the sun and moon stand still about a whole day.  Before that back in verse 11, “…the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them…”  More died from the hailstones than were killed in battle.  If you have any trouble believing any of this, refer back to Luke 1:37.  In Isaiah 38:8 the Lord told Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that he would bring the shadow in the sun-dial of Ahaz back 10 degrees as a sign that he had healed the king.  Another example having to do with time is found in Luke 23:44 when Jesus was on the cross, “there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.”  That was from twelve noon until three o’clock PM.

All of that is aside from the times that he parted the Jordan and the Red Sea so his people Israel could pass over on dry ground.  Parting the water was enough of a miracle but to hold it back for hours, dry the ground under it, and allow over 2.5 to 3.5 million people to pass through in one night; no other God can do that.  These are just a few of the things God has done that man would deem impossible.  There are also many other miracles throughout the Old Testament.  And then there is all the miracles in the New Testament, both by Jesus and the disciples.

My point with all of this is simple.  If we have a God with that kind of power, why would we not believe him?  Why would we be fearful of a new year or anything else with a God like that?  There is no need to worry.  Like Ecclesiastes said in so many words; nothing changes.  Just settle down and keep in mind that God is still on the throne and he still has everything under control.  The same God that got you through last year will do it again this year.  Meanwhile, just thank God that he let you live to see another year because that was a privilege denied to many, and get ready because “Here we go again.”  Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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