“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” — Isaiah 43:19
Some of us can get a bit cynical about the start of another new year, especially after a year like 2020. After all, what’s really going to be new (meaning better) about it? Why should I be more hopeful just because I’m flipping over another page of the calendar? Why should I bother making more resolutions that I won’t remember, let alone keep, come February?
But there is something tantalizingly hopeful about a fresh start, isn’t there? For most of us, 2020 was a hard year. Nevertheless, take some time to reflect on and thank God for His blessings. Enter 2021 like the Psalmist: “My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God, I will come.” [Psalm 71:15-16]
For those of you who are eager to retire 2020 in the past, proceed with the words of Paul: “One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 3:14]
Remember that God is in the “new things” business. He does new things, makes new things, creates new people. And He can put a new song in your heart – a song of joy, because “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” [2 Cor. 5:17]
What can you do to discover the new things God is up to, in and around you, in 2021? Try something classic – reading the Bible. Especially if you have never read through the entire Bible before, I encourage you to do so in 2021. If you do, I promise you will discover some new things! Oh, if you need a reading plan, check these out: Bible Reading Plans – Read the Bible in a Year – 2021 (biblestudytools.com).
So, what’s new?
A new year means another opportunity to live the new life in Christ. In God’s grace, live as the new person He created you to be. Hang the new calendar. Even make a resolution if you want. Most importantly, read God’s Word and live in the hope that God is still making new things, and that includes you. Happy New Year!