Happy New Year - A Sure Way to Have One
A traveller was walking along the road. He had a scythe upon his shoulder and an hourglass in his hand. He walked with measured footsteps, and I noticed that every footfall was the same between each. His eyes looked straight in front, and they never moved either to the right or left, but gazed on what was beyond. I said to him, “What is your name?”
“My name is TIME.”
“Where are you going?”
“I am going to eternity.”
“What is the number of thy years?”
He showed me an open book, and on the page, just turned over, was written the date of the year that had just begun.
Where he went I followed, but even as I went I felt I could not tell how long; I should follow. I saw one after another stop in the road, and lie down to rise no more. They were left behind, for he paused not; his course was unchecked.
Ah! my reader, you are walking with Time upon the road of life in a new year begun. But you may not go far; you may pass the buds of Spring, but never see the flowers of Summer. Or, you may watch the leaves fall from the Autumn trees, and lie beneath them in the Winter. But, whether few or many are to be your days on earth, are you ready for eternity?
You may have begun this year with your hair grey, and your face scarred with the marks of many years, or you may, with youthful buoyancy, be facing the future. But whether young or old, God would have you number your days, and apply your heart to wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
To begin the year with God is more important than anything else in this world, no matter what we may think of doing. The Bible says: “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6, 7. In view of the uncertainty of life, how important it is to “have peace with God,” Romans 5:1, through faith in Christ as your personal Saviour! This alone will enable the reader to enter upon, and experience, a truly “Happy New Year” – and with absolute certainty to look forward to a “Glorious Eternity.”
J. F. P.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31
“Happy art thou,… O people saved by the Lord.” Deuteronomy 33:29