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Holding Life Together in the New Year

Happy New Year! We say it so easy without thinking about it. Will it be happy? Will it be good? We enter the year with new expectations and new hopes.

But will I be able to hold my life together? I think you agree with me that we don’t have that kind of power. We don’t have ultimate control over circumstances that may come our way. We don’t have power to keep our life from falling apart.

A better question is: Who holds my life together? Who keeps my life from falling apart when sickness comes, when tragedy strikes, when we experience grief, pain, or loss? Who holds all things together? Those who don’t know God, as He wants us to know Him, come up with many different answers.

Fate, luck, chance or karma. “As Fate would have it”, someone says, ”this happened to me” or “this was my [bad] luck.” The higher power is seen as some impersonal force. You can’t know it.

Also, there is no rhyme or reason to It. There is no coherent working together of all things. It’s just random, having no meaning or purpose to it. Or maybe everything that happens to me is related to my karma.

We do not speak of these forces as loving, or caring, or even holding all things together but as blind and brute forces.

That’s a really hard way to live. It’s a fearful way to live. But may I share with you some good news that will give you a blessed start for the New Year?

His Fatherly hand. All who come to know God through Jesus and trust Him, experience His fatherly hand in all things. He holds all things together; the entire universe, including the details of my life, in Jesus. He created all things. He upholds all things, as with His hand.

He governs and cares for all things in such a way that all who trust Him say, “Leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, indeed, all things, come to us not by chance but by His fatherly hand.”

When I come to know God, as He has made Himself known to us in Christ, I may trust Him fully! Nothing can separate me from His love! The Bible says, “all things [good and bad] work together for good to those who love God…”

I may enter this New Year with confidence in Him!

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