By Muoka Lazarus
Proverbs 8:5,14 says, “O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.”
Beloved, the core reason for the word of God is to educate mankind on what is required of them in order to attract the ble-ssing of God and escape the danger of the world. Understanding this Truth is what God expected from everyone in this Yuletide season.
Many people think end of every year is time to acq-uire wealth. They percei-ve it as a time of making money, accepting chief-taincy titles, doing their own pleasure, business, getting married, building houses etc and by cumb-ering themselves with all these worldly things they forget what God expect-ed from them.
What give them concern as the year comes to an end are things of the world, those things they missed doing vis-à-vis worldly enjoyments. They regret not bribing their way to gain promotion, not stealing from their bosses, cheating their friends, co-workers, not joining the bandwagon of prostitut-es, dupes, cults, assass-ins, smokers and etc.
Instead of examining themselves to find where they have gone amiss and amend their ways, their re-gret are the evil they couldn’t do—the fornica-tion, the adultery, the abortion, robbery they mi-ssed committing during the year.
Many people, during this period, are preoccupied with arrangements for the opening of new houses, planning for weddings, burials, bazaars, dancing competitions, carnivals of different kinds, village meetings, end of year parties, and some are just jubilating because they are about to enter a New Year. While others are busy declaring what the New Year will bring to them but little do they know that this period is God’s offer of opportunity to repent, amend their ways and prepare for rapt-ure or death.
Romans 13:12-14 says, “”The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of dark-ness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunk-enness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in st-rife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Chr-ist, and make not provi-sion for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Beloved, this period of Yuletide should remind us that our salvation, redem-ption, the day of rapture, the day we are departing this world is closer than we expected, therefore, our preparation for this year’s crossover night should rather be a prep-aration to crossover from old evil life to new life in Christ.
We should concern ourselves with how we should live our life in agreement with the word of God, how we could put off the work of darkness and every form of unrighteousness in-stead of whatever we are giving ourselves to now.
We should know that every year we add to our years. So as our age is increasing so also we get closer to our graves. And if that is the case, every time we are crossing over to a New Year should be a time of self appraisal.