God keeps his promise, again!

Posted on December 21, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, World View

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As I write this post the winter and summer solstice is occurring. At 5:44 a.m. EST the sun will shine directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer officially begins for the Southern Hemisphere and Winter begins for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. December 21st, marks both the longest and shortest day of the year. The reverse will happen on June 21st. Why is this important? Because God made a promise to Noah that the seasons will continue on our planet for as long as it exists. And, this exact moment is proof that God keeps his word. By the time this post is finished the Sun will have ceased it southward journey and begun moving north once again.

Not many will acknowledge the faithfulness of God at this moment. Indeed, in many places pagan festivals are going on. This time of the change of seasons from fall to winter is recorded as a meteorological phenomena. There will be no mention of the covenant faithfulness of God as winter begins on the morning news shows. Although some will, no doubt, cover the various solstice rituals that mark this date.

However, just because the world ignores God’s control, does not mean it is not real. Earth and its seasons will continue as long as there are people who need to be reached with Gospel of Jesus Christ. When that last person is rescued by the grace of the covenant-keeping incarnate Son of God, earth will cease to exist and be replaced by the new earth! You definitely won’t hear that as a breaking news alert this morning.

Man may celebrate and observe the solstice, but it is the Advent of Christ that brings hope to our planet and its people. Rejoice in the covenant faithfulness of God. Participate in bringing the wonder of the gospel to those who know it not. Make God’s reason for the existence of tomorrow your mission for today!

 

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.