There are political predictions which are both positive and negative, affecting your finances and freedom. Suppose these go well during the coming year. Should that lead to a happy New Year?
On the other hand, suppose all goes sour—far more so than at the present—should that lead to an unhappy New Year for you?
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you (in the long run) only heavenly perfection and eternal bliss to look forward to, should this—despite political and financial circumstances, averse medical and work conditions, and whatever else the coming your way this year—lead to anything other than a happy New Year for as many years as you have left on earth in its present conditions?
Certainly not! Despite conditions—whatever they may be—the eternal weight of glory of which Paul speaks, outweighs everything else—good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. If you keep your eyes fixed upon that glorious future, rather than the coming year, you can only look forward to a happy new year. You will be able to look through tears to the joys of the treasures laid up in haven for you; to the time when heavenly “politics” go entirely as they should, and all pain and sorrow will have disappeared. Looking at the year this way makes every year a happy New Year, doesn’t it? Otherwise, could you ever rightly say that it could be an unhappy New Year if it is God’s kind of year for you when He has promised that all will work together for good (Romans 8:28)?
So, Christian, I want to be one of the first to wish you God’s kind of happiness during this coming year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!