We are only days away from entering another decade with the year 2020. In some way, the approach to the year 2000 seems so recent yet so distant. Who remembers Y2K and all its worries? 1999 was a busy year re-writing computer programming. There was a big concern that software programs would collapse to the point ATMs would no longer operate and electrical grids would stop working. Most programs were coded to include only the last two digits of a year so that when the year changed to 2000, the program would see 00 and treat the year as 1900 instead of 2000. Most programmers addressed the issue correctly and the perceived crash of systems never occurred.
For many of us, life has changed a bit since January 1, 2000 with all kinds of changes – births, deaths, job changes, graduations, moving, and technology amid other factors. Some of us might wish we were still living in those days and others have no interest in returning to those days. We can look at the past in many different ways, but our look at the future is simply a look into the unknown. We have no idea what will happen to us by the end of 2020, 2025 or 2029. Anything we say is simply a guess, which might lead to a sense of uncertainty. Confronting this uncertainty is Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” In the midst of change and uncertainty is Jesus Christ who remains the same throughout time. His love, forgiveness and guidance are with us always. Jesus is greater than all the change that happens around us.
An even more personal take on the times of our lives comes from Psalm 31:14 and 15a, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands.” All the events and circumstances of life are in the hands of the Lord, my God. Uncertainty fills our lives. So much can change so quickly. Christian lives are no different from the lives of anyone else, believer or non-believer, in terms of uncertainty but we believe God cares for us so that we do not go through life haphazardly but with Christ caring for us and sustaining us all our days.
When I came to Mt Zion in 1996, Andy and Doris Litvany gave me a small plaque, which I still have. “We know not what the future holds, but we know who holds the future,” are the words on the plaque. Wise words for us all to remember!
A blessed New Year to all! Pastor Michael Dorner