2015: A New Year Of Resting In His Faithfulness

Another Year Is Dawning

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

This was a song that we sang during the Nightwatch Service last night (what Methodists call a New Year’s Eve service that ends at midnight to usher in the new year), and I was very much comforted, encouraged and reminded of God’s constant faithfulness.

Everyone thinks of a new year as a time to start anew. It’s when the women write that intimidating four letter word on their to-do list: diet, probably only to be forgotten by the end of January. It’s when the men decide it’s time to get rid of their muffin top, be a better man, get a partner, earn more money.

A new year means getting up to do more things. It’s always about doing something. More action.

Yet, when we sang this song, the word that struck me was ‘rest’. God wants us to rest in Him. He says ‘Stop making your ritualistic to-do lists. Remember Me on the first day of the year and My faithfulness to you’. When I reflected on God’s love, compassion and faithfulness to us through the years, I realised that I didn’t have to be flustered. Rather, I was to rest; trusting that He would bring me through 2015.

For many, 2014 brought uncertainty, uncertainty that would continue into the new year. And maybe to others, brokenness, pain, loss, suffering, anger, bitterness. Yet, as a friend once said ‘Uncertainty gives faith more legroom’. Do not let your physical circumstances make you forget your supernatural Father. Our faith in God will keep us going. Likewise, God’s faithfulness to us will keep us going.

So this new year, let us rest in His faithfulness. 2015 is not a year of flustering. And may we always remember that sweet old hymn, ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Happy New Year everyone 🙂

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