29th December 2017

Hope for 2018 

But you remain the same,
and your years will never end

Psalm 102:27 and Hebrews 1:12 (NIVUK)
 

Help! Where did the year go?

No one really knows who wrote Psalm 102. Perhaps it was just before the end of the exile, and the writer is speaking personally and also for the nation. Whoever it was, he or she was at a particularly low ebb. Note the flow of what is said: “my days vanish like smoke,” “I forget to eat my food,” I groan aloud,” “my days are like an evening shadow, I wither away like grass,” (verses 3-5,11). Pretty depressing stuff, is it not? Maybe it sums up how we may feel from time to time.

But the Psalmist moves on to a positive conclusion. There is hope because of God’s constant nature and because God is Eternal. The Lord sits “enthroned forever,” he “will arise and have compassion,” “respond to the prayer of the destitute,” “and appear in his glory” (verses 12-13,16-17). All this, the Psalm continues, is written for people like you and me: “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” (verse 18).

We also don’t know who wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews, but he or she refers to Psalm 102, word for word in places. The unchanging Eternal God provides peace of mind for us and guarantees our future in Christ. Things around us may grow old and perish, but God remains the same and his years will never end.

The message for us at the end of 2017 is clear. Jesus, who is Lord of all, remains who he is, full of grace and always present for us. The passage of time does not diminish his love for us.

Let’s continue to trust him in 2018.

Prayer
Great eternal gracious God, thank you that your love for us is constant, despite the passage of time, and guide us please through the year ahead.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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