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— By Rod Halliburton

Happy New year!

Ready or not, 2019 has now arrived!

As plans for the new year are laid out and resolutions are made I am reminded of Proverbs 27:1 – “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” It’s true, none of us knows what this year will bring. But there are some things we can do to help us prepare for what comes our way. Consider the four letters in the word Y-E-A-R.

First, the “Y” reminds us that we ought to yearn for God’s word. A yearning can be defined as a strong craving or desire. This year, determine to make Bible study a regular part of your daily routine. Spending time in the scriptures helps to provide hope for the future (Romans 15:4); strengthen our faith (Romans 10:17); and give us comfort (I Thessalonians 4:18).

Second, the letter “E” reminds us of the need to endure this year’s trials. Like any other year, 2019 will present us with difficulties that will test our faith. But as Christians, we know the temporary afflictions of this life are light in comparison to the eternal weight of glory in heaven (II Corinthians 4:16-18). No trial we face in this life can ever separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39).

Third, the letter “A” reminds us of the need to acknowledge our responsibility to others. We are to let our lights shine before men that they may glorify our father in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16). We are to love all men, even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). We are to always be mindful of our influence (Philippians 2:4).

Fourth, the letter “R” reminds us to remember our greatest need. God did not send an economist to this world, nor a scientist, nor a professor. God sent a savior into the world (John 3:16). Our greatest need is not money, technology or worldly information. Our great need this coming year is salvation.

(Halliburton preaches for the Antioch church of Christ, Shongaloo, LA. He can be contacted at rodhalliburton@gmail.com or through his blog at www.savedbythegospel.com.)

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