“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” – Isaiah 43: 18-19 (NIV).
One of the remarkable things about the beginning of a year is a chance for a new beginning. One may have gone through the year slouching with burdens or struggling without a seeming way out. Perhaps one may have reached that point of exhaustion, a feeling of frustration and discontent that nothing seems to work out.
Not only frustrations but there could be a feeling of guilt for certain failures. But then comes a new year offering a fresh break for a new beginning. It is a comfort for believers to remember what God has offered, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). This means that in spite of the heavy burdens of the past one can begin afresh, totally free and delighted to start anew, without feeling guilty.
Everyone once in a while needs a new beginning. It could be a damaged relationship but here is an opportunity to restore it starting with repentance and forgiveness. Perhaps it is time to move to a new job or retire to start a new phase of life altogether. A new beginning may mean moving to a new residence where life presents a new spectre and opportunities altogether.
As the Apostle Paul once wrote, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phillip 3: 13-14), may the New Year come with a fresh anticipation of a new beginning and blessings.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as the new year begins it offers a chance to start afresh with hope in you, and may you bless me all the way, this I pray in Jesus’s name.