It’s New Year’s Day. You may be facing a joyful and bright 2015, or you may be looking down the ravenous maw of difficulty and pain. Whichever it will truly turn out to be, none of us knows. You may try to predict as you view the near future, or as you reflect on the recent history of your life, but none of us really knows. But of this one thing you can be absolutely certain: God knows!
King George VI, during a Christmas broadcast in 1939, gave a speech of encouragement to the people of the United Kingdom as they faced the real possibility of another long year of difficulty in WWII.
“A new year is at hand. We cannot tell what it will bring. If it brings peace, how thankful we shall all be. If it brings us continued struggle we shall remain undaunted.”
He then closed his speech by quoting part of a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins originally titled “God Knows” (1908).
I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.’
As we face this new year, let’s remember that for those who remain in Christ, we are better off and safer in his hand.
You can listen to King George’s speech here if you’d like.