To have abundance and joy at the end of year 2013, then begin the year with knowing, following, returning if we ever stray away, and back to trusting and obeying God throughout the year. God is great and He is good. He saves and cares for us and our surroundings to ensure we are abundantly blessed when we dare to live righteously as He taught us.To just wish you a prosperous and happy new year 2013 may not add any more good things to you as you have received many many such wishes by now. I was reminded to read Ps 65 for this coming year. It is telling us about how we can end the year well with abundance and joy. It all begins with knowing and acknowledging our God. He is a God that is fully engage with us ---- saving us from our sins, restoring us to His fellowship, answering us our needs, blessings even to our productive resources --- the environment; converting deserts into pastures!
Therefore let us come into His house with praise, keep our promises to follow Him and treating Him as our Lord and not just our Savior. When God says it is a sin and then it is. We only need to acknowledge is as sin and seek forgiveness from Him. He forgiveness is certain and He invite us back to live in His temple. Only by living with Him in His temple that we may enjoy and become what God created us for. Don't take justice into our own hands. God will be our judge and He will truly vindicate us with awesome deeds! The world may laugh at His ways and consider Him dead whereas He was patient and loving waiting for us to repent. But all such disobedience and shouts against Him will be silenced. All the evils will be punished.
But to those that trust and obey Him and stay in His righteous paths, even the non-productive resources like the deserts will become a pastures for flocks and fruits! Even your enemy will become your supporters (Prov 16:7).
Here is a mind map that summarize Ps 65.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
So we need to find out the plan that God has for us and to follow His plan ... this is summary of this Ps 65.
Lim Liat (C) 1 Jan 2013