|“See, I will create new heavens and a new |
earth. The former things will not be
remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
One of the joys of a new year comes when we turn a page and see before us 365 blank pages on which to write a new history of our lives. We put aside the trials and discouragements of the previous year and we move forward with great hope that tomorrow will be much better than yesterday.
Even when we have problems that persist in our lives, there is something about the beginning of a new year that gives us hope. And, that is a very good characteristic of a new year. It always seems like it is a time of new beginnings.
For “Christ’s-ones”—those who believe in the life-transforming power of the living Lord Jesus Christ—we have the promise of a new beginning always before us. God is the God of New Beginnings. Just as He has washed away our sin with the blood of His one and only Son, Jesus, so He will continually renew us in our inner being. The Holy Spirit offers daily refreshment for our souls.
Speaking through the Prophet Isaiah, God also promises the ultimate in new beginnings when He transforms our current sin-filled world into an ever-new eternal Kingdom. Notice what God says, as recorded in Isaiah 65:17:
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
As Christians, our hope not only rests in the beginning of each new year, it also resides in our hope for eternity. God is, even now, preparing us for an eternal life where all things will become new. Let’s cling to that hope, as we begin this new day.