Most of us have New Year’s resolutions, one or more plans of what we have to do (or not do) in the coming year. I personally have to develop some good habits and a drop a bunch of bad ones.
Here is an interesting passage from the Bible that is relevant to the theme:
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2)
Verse 16 of the same chapter reads:
“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”
We believe that no one knows the mind of God. We also believe that He is running the world. But if He is in charge, why is this world such a mess?
I am sure none of us had a perfect year. But here is one way we can reconcile the rule of God with the evil in this world and all that has gone wrong in our lives:
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1)
By knowing Christ and his cross, we come to know the wisdom of God. In one way, the cross explains why God is “delaying” His judgment on evil, even while innocents suffer every day. God plans to save people through the death of Jesus Christ, and until that happens, He is not going to execute the final judgment.
There is nothing more evil than men killing God’s beloved, Jesus Christ, but out of that evil comes forth the universal plan of salvation, which gives us hope in the face of adversity. So until all citizens of the kingdom are not saved, the world is going to stay as it is.
But then, how will those people come to know about the Gospel? By our preaching, And what is exactly that we have to preach? Christ, and the cross. See how it all fits together!
The cross may be a stumbling block for the world, but it reveals the wisdom of God and shows us how all things in the world, good or bad, fit together in the grand scheme of salvation.
So, here is a good new’s year resolution for all of us. Happy New Year!