There is nothing like beginning the New Year right, and that means putting first things first. Before anything else, it must be said that God has a peculiar habit that is unique to Him because of His nature. If you’ve ever wondered what God likes to do in His spare time, scripture seems to point out what it is. Unlike us, He loves new things. God is a ‘creator’… or more accurately, God is The Creator. The word ‘create’ implicitly means NEW. Nothing can be created without making it new at the same time.
God is Limitless
Thanks to His limitless attributes and His boundless wisdom, God prefers to simply make something completely new from the beginning than to fix an old mess. Some of us should learn from this. Sometimes the best thing is simply start anew. Think about it. The Bible is full of new things that God is constantly creating. Instead of fixing the Old Testament, God just went ahead a introduced a completely distinct New Testament. Adam contaminated the human race with sin, so God gave us the ‘new birth.’ The Bible is full of things that God makes new. Consider a few of them: the new man, the new heavens and a new earth, a new universe, a new day, a new year, a new beginning, the new creation, new wineskins, a new thing, a renewed mind, the New Jerusalem, the new nature, a new spirit, new tongues, new wine, a new commandment, a new moon…etc. We might as well get used to it because the fact is, God is so indulged in making new things that He has promised to ‘make all things new!’ ~ “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21.5).
Man’s Fallen Nature
As is usually the case, because of the fallen nature that we received from Adam when he sinned in the garden and our experience living under the influence of sin, we are not so fond of new things in general. Because newness implicates change, and change includes work and the need for faith we tend to avoid change rather than welcome it. The sin nature, being lazy and fearful, too often prefers to simply cope with the old broken futile things of yesterday, instead of taking God’s hand and letting Him lead us into the new things He has prepared for us. God is so special about new things that He actually teases us, sparking our imagination with curiosity. In the book of Isaiah, as God speaks openly about the new things He wants to do for us, saying ~ Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness [And] rivers in the desert. God has a new way for you in 2023, a new plan, and a new solution to your problems. Something you have never even thought of or considered. He can’t wait to tell you about it. It is so much better than what you have now and infinitely better than anything you could imagine or even dream. ~ “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3.20).
Time for a Real Change
If you’re like God and you’re getting a little bored and tired of the same old problems in your life, it’s time for ‘the new.’ And it is so easy to achieve. You don’t even have to ask Him for it. He has already created a completely new solution for the things that the enemy has been using to tie you down a stop you from running with the new vision that God has for your life in 2023. ~ “Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make [it] plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2.2). All that He needs is a little cooperation on your part to bring on the new and say good bye to the old. He can’t do it arbitrarily without your consent, and there are a few steps that are necessary in which we must cooperated. In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet talks about the future He has planned for you, saying ~ “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29.11).
Revelation 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
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