As a Scot, I know that I am jumping the gun by posting this on Hogmanay, but so what? I would like to take this opportunity to wish every visitor to this blog a blessed and prosperous New Year. Blessed, because the God who is far far greater than all we can ask or imagine has control of your life and my life and if we work in accord with His perfect will, He will bless us.
And prosperous, because there is nothing worse than not knowing where your next meal is coming from, or even worse, if you are a parent where your child’s next meal is coming from. Not so prosperous that we get proud, but with enough to keep us going from one pay day to the next without fear of circumstances.
When Israel set out from Egypt for the Promised Land, God did not say, “Get on with it, then. You’ve got quite a way to go so make sure that the food you took from Egypt lasts you” On the contrary, He provided manna and quail to feed them as they made their way, even though they rebelled and disobeyed Him.
Just as Israel was going to a new beginning in the Promised land, so in Scottish culture, we see each new year as a new beginning. Now those of us who are Christian will know that we have a God who is both merciful and patient. He does bless us. If He dealt with people as they deserve, our nation would not be here now. So let us all take the opportunity to turn again to Him, the only God who has ever given people a Way to approach Him, and to confess all our sins and resolve, with His help to follow Him more closely in each and every day of 2013.