Wow! This year has flown by.
I guess the adage that time flies is correct, although I’m not sure this year was all that fun. I know there were good times, but we tend to focus more on the bad times and wish that we, like time, could fly away from them (Job 9:25-28; Psalm 55:1-8).
I suspect that time could’ve flown by this year for those who weren’t having as much fun because we were kept busy trying to solve problems and didn’t have (or take) the time to dwell on them.
The bad times are as certain to come as sparks fly upward and it seems that for every happy time, there’s at least one time to weep (Job 5:7; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). God allows us to have problems for several reasons: to redirect us back into a loving relationship with him when we stray (Hebrews 12:7-11); to help our faith grow (James 1:2-4); so we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-11); and to spread the good news of God’s love because as others see how Christians handle our problems properly, they’re more likely to be drawn to the gospel (Philippians 1:3-14). Other Christians also can grow and be emboldened in sharing their faith when they see how we handle our problems.
We’re mostly born to trouble because of our predisposition to sin (Job 20:4-9; Genesis 3:11, 16-19; Romans 3:23). Admittedly, there is some temporary pleasure in sin, but trouble always awaits those whom God doesn’t hold to be innocent (Hebrews 11:25; Numbers 32:23). Still, the less fun times also can be temporary and better times will come for whose who are blameless in God’s eyes (Romans 8:18-25; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
As with the approaching New Year, God makes all things new. For Christians, the old is gone – including our sin and shame – and we’re considered innocent, blameless by God who does everything in his own time, at just the right time (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:3-7; 8:1-4; Ephesians 1:3-10; 1 Peter 4:1-5). This includes showering us with blessings to enjoy and helping us to ride out and survive the bad times (Proverbs 10:6; Ezekiel 34:25, 26; Lamentations 3:19-25; Revelation 7:3-17; 21:1-4). In fact, the only way to make the consequences of our sins temporary is to turn back to God when he disciplines us so he can renew our relationship with him (2 Chronicles 7:13-15; Isaiah 59:1, 2).
While God is eagerly waiting to restore our relationship, he’s patient, but we don’t have much time (Romans 13:11; Psalm 90:10-12; Acts 17:30, 31; 2 Peter 3:8-15). So, we need to live every day recognizing that God’s unfathomable wrath awaits those who are not found innocent, but his unfathomable love a waits those who are found blameless (1 Corinthians 2:9; Romans 1:18-21; 11:22, 23).
Time does fly whether or not we’re having fun. Don’t let your opportunity to be found blameless fly by and miss out on God’s grace (2 Corinthians 6:1, 2).
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org