The ancient Romans worshiped many so-called gods, one of whom was called Janus. He was the god of time in their pantheon and was generally pictured as having two faces, one which looked toward the past and one looking toward the future. As we approach the new year we are in what I guess we could call Janus time, looking at the year now ending and the year ahead.
There’s often not much going on at this time of the year so our newspapers are filled with articles about things they told us already. You know what I mean–who died this year?, who failed this year?, who succeeded this year?, who–well, who whatever. I frankly find those articles rather boring and seldom bother to read them. Neither do I pay too much attention to what some ink-stained wretch is projecting for the next twelve months because their speculations are probably going to be wrong.
But when we turn to look at the things of true and lasting importance, the things divine, well then I encourage people to be Janus-like in their lives.
Look back at what God has done for the world in the Scriptures He inspired. Oh, there is so much meaning there, there is so much Truth there, there is so much Life there–you could never go wrong or waste your time with the past recorded in those 66 books.
Look back too at your own life. Look for the times when God has blessed you, sustained you, protected you, loved you. If you’re clear headed you’ll see there are so many times when you needed Him and He was there for you, just as He promised–even unto the end of the age.
But I encourage you to look forward also–forward to what God will be doing with you and through you in the time ahead. The seeds of your future faith life have already been planted and they are moving even as this is written.
Finally, look forward to the Day of the Lord–the Day when Jesus will come again with myriads upon myriads of angels and His glory will be visible to everyone so that on that Day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
The past and the future are filled with God and there are few things more pleasant to contemplate on a cold December day.