“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true'” (Revelation 21:5).
First, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year. As I write this, I am reflecting back on what God has done in this year–but am looking forward to the New Year, hoping that many thing go differently than it has in the prior one.
I love new things. The smell of a new car or home, a new electronic device, and even a new Bible. I love New Year’s Day as it feels like a new and fresh start. As we know, many things are better new than used.
The Lord is the Master of newness. For sake of space I will just give you a few:
The Lord gives us the new day, a new covenant, a new life, new bodies in heaven, and even a new heaven and earth at the end of time.
The second half of this verse tells us that the Lord will come through with these promises because He is “trustworthy and true.”
Throughout all ages, He has proven Himself as this because He has not yet broken one promise. Just as God walked with you through all your illness and pain last year, He will do the same this year.
Focus on the new in this New Year. Dedicate yourself anew to live totally sold out to God by walking with Him daily, serving Him in our current situations, and even looking to the future of eternity, where when we take on our new bodies, pain, illness, hospitals and doctors will be no more.
The newness we can experience in the Lord cannot be compared to anything on this earth. May this newness draw you closer to the Lord in 2016.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this New Year. In it, may we serve and love You unlike ever before. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on eternal things instead of temporary ones. Amen.
About the Author:
Charles Wells is an ordained minister who lives in Texas with his 13-year-old son, 10-year-old daughter and his wife. He suffers from major spinal problems and has had three major back surgeries. He has taken this pain and uses it for God’s glory by ministering to people in nursing homes, rehab centers and writing on these experiences. You may visit his blog at http://revcawells.wordpress.com
What things can I do to draw closer to God in 2016?
This is the Robbie Seay Band singing “Song of Hope” and it speaks of making all things new. I encourage you to put aside expectations for this day–or even this month. Just rest. Give yourself permission to let the messes or decorations stay where they are for now. If someone offers to help, allow them.
I struggle with wanting to make all things new myself! I want a new attitude, a new ability, a new direction. But what I really want is new hope. And that will never be found in all these things we search or the goals we set for ourselves. This will only be found in the source of the hope–Jesus.
So let the lists sit another week. Ignore the weight loss commercials this week. Don’t feel obligated to go buy the organizational containers that are on sale. Instead, seek Jesus and rest. In two weeks, as other people are growing discouraged by resolutions they are already failing at, you will be getting a fresh breath of joy from abiding in Him. And yes… I share this as a reminder to myself. -Lisa