A Biblical Twist on “Happy New Year”

A blessed (i.e., truly happy) New Year to you and yours in Immanuel! That’s what the Puritans wished each other. By “blessed” they did not mean, “I hope that everything goes your way this year, and that you don’t have any significant trials.” Rather, they meant, “I pray that whatever God sends your way this year in His providence—be it joys or sorrows, that all will be sanctified to your soul, so that you will grow in grace, be more conformed to Christ, and truly believe that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Then you and I will be truly happy indeed throughout 2016!

–Joel Beeke

via Pastor Tom

I’m afraid that if I write any commentary on this it will sound too negative, so I’ll let it speak for itself. I think it’s fantastic.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Romans 8:28-39 HCSB

2 Responses to “A Biblical Twist on “Happy New Year””

  1. 1 Drewe

    My first new years post was way too cynical too, so I changed it 😀

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Yeah, I knew that if I added commentary I would be criticizing the happy shiny stuff that I don’t like. And I’ll stop there again. Thanks for commenting.

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