Now the Year Is Over
For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18
In his song, “1999,” the late superstar Prince sang, “Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last.” As we know, Prince’s party didn’t last. He died of a drug overdose in 2016 at age 57. Tonight millions of people will be partying as the old year draws to a close. The beginning of a new year is certainly worth celebrating, but it’s also a time to remind ourselves that life isn’t simply a party—it’s a calling and commission from God. The brevity of life only reinforces the need for each day to be dedicated to knowing and doing the will of God.
Compare Prince’s song to this old English hymn by Emily Elliott:
Every day He sends us
He Himself prepares;
He Himself attends us
Through its joys and cares;
His true love beseeching,
Let us, then, draw near;
Seeking guidance, teaching,
For the opening year.
Now the year is over, let us braver stand, / Seeking to discover His—our Father’s–hand. Emily Elliott
Proverbs 23- How Does 23 Apply To Me? by Shane Idleman