The old is locked away…
So, how is your year ending? Which side of the scale tipped over with the most weight…the positive or the negative?
Each year brings its own blend of joy and distress, smiles and tears, peace and unrest, strength and weakness, forgiveness and bitterness.
BUT…to close out the old…
Let us remember Christ’s sacrifice and kneel at the foot of the cross to ask forgiveness for those things not obeyed in His Name, those things not done in faith, and the unholiness tolerated where not cleansed.
Between the old and the new…
The Lord stands between the years. The past covered with His shadow. The future lit with the hope of fresh and better things. And the present filled with His presence as He stands firm in each moment, ready to be all we need Him to be.
God says, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands… the people I made especially for myself, a people custom-made to praise me.” (Is. 43:18-19a, 21b Msg)
Will we be the custom-made people giving God praise in the New Year? Will we allow room for the Lord to do something untried in our lives? Or will we be filled with more of the same from last year?
Therefore, let us not carry into this unprecedented season the baggage of regrets, unforgiveness, wrong attitudes, or an ungrateful heart, weighing down our usefulness.
All the old things are gone: old thoughts, old attitudes, old habits, old ways, all are passed away; and there is a newness that arises through the regenerating grace of God, creating all things afresh.
…the new awaits…
“The past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new.” (2 Cor. 5:17b Phillips)
The portal of this fresh ingathering enters into the territory of the unknown, but we go forth bravely to experience it.
No matter how the year now padlocked played out for you, the New Year offers you a new beginning. Whatever it brings your way, the Father will carry you through it all and bring a host of others to lift you up in prayer and encourage you in your walk. *
May we, then, dedicate our moments, our thoughts, our actions, to God’s service and His keeping. May each of us experience renewed strength, both physically and spiritually, and may we encounter a peace unknown before.
May we strive to seek His precious presence more than His helping hand, and may we be empty enough this New Year that He may find room to fill us with His purpose, His will, and His blessings.
My prayer for each of you: May the Lord’s shadow of forgiveness and mercy conceal the disappointments and troubles of the year now closing, while His light casts a beacon of guidance to His safe haven of the days yet to be explored. May His hand be against your enemy and His peace reign all your days. And may your heart be guarded with the hope of a better time of life and that you will experience a special touch of the Lord’s presence upon all you do. Amen!
New Year’s blessings to you…Lynn