LOOK FORWARD INTO THE NEW YEAR (Don’t be weighed down by the past)
We are right on the brink of another new year. It’s common for people to take stock of the previous year/s at this time. While it’s good to evaluate the past, we should do so with care because sometimes we don’t like what the review dredges up. Missed opportunities, mismanagement of our resources and other forms of misbehaviour we are guilty of mock us. Regret tries to rule our hearts. Even despair can set in.
“What makes you think you can do better this year than in the past?”
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The children of Israel must have felt this way. They had blown countless chances to live according to God’s commands. They just could not shake the lure of idolatry and they paid dearly for their disobedience: constantly defeated by their enemies and suffering famine and hardship. But the Lord brought them a word of comfort and restoration at some point through the prophet Isaiah.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
Imagine that the Lord is saying the same to you. Look forward to the new and exciting things He has in store for you in the new year. Do whatever review of last year you wish to but don’t let your mistakes or failures weigh you down. See them as lessons on what not to do. Let them spur you to partner more closely with God in the new year and to strive harder at what you do.
(Related: I Spoke Too Soon – Poem and Devotional for the New Year)
You are wiser now because of the bad experiences. You can do better this year with God on your side. Don’t let the past pull you down. Rather, let it propel you into the glorious new year that God has for you.
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Have yourself a very happy new year and give God all the glory.
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