14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
Oh how we all love to forget the trials and difficulties of the past year. We say and hear others say, "I am glad this year is over" But the one thing we so often forget to say is, " Thank God He brought us through and we made it into the new year, and He is going to take us through the next 12 months.
The reality is, there is not much different between Dec 31st and Jan 1st other than the date. The world celebrate the midnight hour as if it is some magical moment. But, things are pretty much the same. Some may still be in the struggle in January as the were in December. Others may be riding the wave of success and it carries through into the new year.
Whatever your situation is, God is still the same God and His word is still the same word. He has never changed and is in fact, "yesterday, today and forever the same." He is the one constant in our lives and His plan and purpose has never been changed. Our successes and failures are never a surprise to God. But his blessings and provision is always a surprise to us.