God’s Opportunity To Do Something New

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Isaiah 43:18 (NKJV)

Happy New Year Everyone,

Traditionally speaking, the New Year represents change. Some are excited that the old is out and the new is in; and they are busy making resolutions. However, if you have lost, love ones, jobs, pensions, health insurance or are facing other difficult changes, the phrase “happy new year” may seem somewhat insensitive. Yet, this is far more than a salutation; it is a declaration of hope and prayer. The excitement of this prayer reflects the changing of seasons and one year following another; because no matter how life changes each change gives God an opportunity to do something new in your life.

But in troubling times, in the struggle to cope, have you ever found yourself dismissing your  feelings by using phrases such as “it is what it is” or “I can’t take it any more” or “life happens”?  However, life does not just happen; we actually make decisions to do nothing or to do something. To some extent, we acknowledge this when we make New Year resolutions.  What are resolutions? They are plans to welcome and embrace change and a decision to take action in order to achieve a more desirable outcome.

Nevertheless, when we see what is happening around us it is clear that some decisions and conditions leave people in undesirable states or circumstances that lead to actions and decisions they may not have considered otherwise. But, why is it that some people make a decision to do nothing?  Well, a friend once stated, “they cannot see that it is not too late to start over”.  In short, they feel that they have reached their limit. Although they may occasionally wonder if things will change, failure to make plans and take action to change things, keeps them wandering in the wilderness, so to speak.

Now, if this reminds you of yourself, “The Good News” is that it is not too late. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God has a plan for you. It is a plan for your future.  Nevertheless, some action on your part is still required. In Isaiah 43:18 “The Lord says, “forget about what has happened before. Do not think about the past. Instead, look at the new things I am going to do. ” Why forget about the past?  God wants you to have a new beginning, a fresh start to go out and conquer the new grounds ahead of you.  

Therefore, let listening to God and following him, be the first resolution you make on New Year’s Day and every day of the year. This decision to hear and obey can determine whether you will receive victory in critical times and success with the resolutions you have made.  Isn’t it great that God is more interested in your future than your past! Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

 

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Vonzenia Crigler

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