Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; And to You the vow shall be performed. O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come. You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. Psalm 65: 1-2, 11.
In Genesis chapter 1 and verse 14, God created time and he said in the b part of the verse what purpose it was to serve. First, to divide the day from the night. Second, for signs and seasons and for days and years. From this we can see that time (seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years) are not configured by God to be boundaries or limits to His works instead it is meant to help us identify milestones where we can pause to rest, consider, relish His wonders and reset for greater exploits.
Given the significance of the year-end to businesses and our economies at large. The world system has made it a rush time to push their inventories by encouraging people to buy and to give. This culture of increase in commerce activities aligned with the holidays is critical to satiate our consumer mindset. In this case, there can be only one winner-good merchant.
Also, each time we come to the end of a year, it is traditional for us to take a stock of our wins and losses in the ending year and take a look at the incoming year with a view to projecting possibilities of turning our losses to gains. Many times, we juxtapose the incoming year based on the events of the outgoing year or outgone years and sometimes feel jinxed to repeat the failures. The challenge here is man’s propensity to want to know or control the future and when we realize that we can’t, we relapse into fear. It is this fear of uncertainty that serves as the raw material for the devil and his agents to make us feel like he (the devil) has a special power to wreak more havoc at the end of the year hence the drive for special and lengthy prayers. Prayers however are not meant to be concentrated at a time. It is meant to be a lifestyle, not a special event. Jesus said that men ought to pray at all times (Luke 18:1).
God and the end of the year.
So, what does God do at the end of every year? A closer look at the main text, Psalm 65:11- He crowns the year with his goodness, will reveal that God crowns ‘the year’ and not ‘the end of the
year with His goodness. What this means is that at the end of the year, God will continue to do what He always does, He will visit us with His goodness, again.
In a nutshell, the only thing that changes at the end of the year is us and our environment. God is constant. He does not change. The scriptures say that Jesus Christ (God the Son) is the same yesterday and today and forever Hebrews 13:8.
Do not get me wrong, I am not in any way minimizing the significance of self-reflection, taking account, and looking forward (planning) for a greater year ahead. What I am admonishing is that, as the children of the most-high, we need to learn how to rest in Him regardless of the situation that is prevailing circumstances around us.
Some of His timeless promises.
You will not die untimely because the scripture says that Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15
You will not lack any good thing because the scripture says that the young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 34:10
Your health will not fail because the scripture says that, Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers 3John 1:2; and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
Your Goliath will not prevail because the scriptures say that Be shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Give ear, all you from far countries. Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces; Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; Speak the word, but it will not stand, For God is with us.” Isaiah 8:9-10
You will not remain where you are because the scripture says that The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them.’ Deuteronomy 1:6-8
You will not lack Guidance because the scripture says that Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it, “Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
He will fight all your battles for you because the scripture says that And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Chronicles 15-17
Let’s praise Him
These promises and many more are available to us every day of the year. We can therefore lift our holy hands in worship of the king of kings and the Lord of Lords because He will continue to crown our year with His goodness. Every day, every month or year, His goodness will not depart from us.
As we continue to rest in Him, let’s turn these promises into prayers during this season and beyond.
Rotimi A. Owoade