January is a good time for us to take a good look forward and look back over our shoulder. The month of January takes its name from Janus the mythological Roman god who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking back. Janus was the god of beginnings and endings. Looking back over 2015 we see many things in our review mirror for which we give thanks to our heavenly Father. Because of our Lord Jesus know our Father has kept us in His care even when things have not turned out as we expected.
One of the blessings of maturity is being able to see our heavenly Father’s constant care for us and our loved ones. He always deals with us and cares for us from the depth of His loving heart. There is nothing capricious or two faced about Him. He never gets up on the “wrong side of the bed” as we sometimes do. Whatever has happened in the past He has or will work out as a blessing for us even if today we cannot see it as a blessing. The past is over and what He has done for us through Jesus covers all our failures and sins.
Our Heavenly Father’s faithfulness in 2015 means that we can look ahead into 2016 confident that He takes care of us into a new year. Whatever may come we know that Our God will make it all work out for our benefit. Even when disasters confront us we know He can bring good out of them for us and our loved ones. We have seen it happen time and time again in the past and throughout our lives. Psalm 121 asks the question: “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?” All of us have hills and mountains in life that may cause us to ask the same question. Health issues, job security, death of a loved one or other unexpected events are hills that may cause us to ask: “Where will my help come from?”
The Psalmist gives us the answer when he encourages us to look up at those hills of life and remember: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Our God who created this world and everything in it can protect us from any and every hill we ever face in this world. He does this because Jesus conquered the Hill of Calvary for us. From that hill of Calvary which at first seemed the greatest disaster ever, Jesus brought the greatest blessings for us. As we look forward into 2016 we know God will take care of us no matter what the New Year holds for us.
Pastor John Rauh is the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Messiah. He writes about supporting one another through life’s ups and downs. Learn more about Care & Support at Messiah.