“Happy New Year!” These are the words, which we’ll keep hearing for the first few days of a new calendar year. A New year is often associated with happiness and joy; perhaps for how it represents a fresh start, a clean slate, another chance. A new year offers us the opportunity to forget things that lie behind, reaching forward to things ahead.
What is it about a new year that brings this excitement? Changing our calendars doesn’t really change anything else in our lives, except that it adds a ‘newness’. And in that newness, we make “new years resolutions”-and try not be painfully reminded that we made the same dedications last year with a little success. As the new year ages, our resolve often succumbs to the weakness of ‘old age’ and finally sits handicapped, waiting for another new year to reinvigorate it. At the beginning of a year, we find such zeal, such energy, to accomplish our goals; if only there were a way to keep that ‘new year’ experience all year long, we would surely have the drive to accomplish that which we set out to do. But there is such a way……..
These life-changing words: “Behold, I make all things new.” Had the Lord said only “Behold, I made all things new,” these words would not carry the same power. Everything made was made new. Our house, our car, our clothes, our computer – these were all made new: but everything once new soon gets old, and needs replacing (much like our new year’s resolutions).
Can we see the beauty of the Lords promise? “ I make all things new” means it is happening now as we speak – and its continuous. In other words, our God is saying that He is in the perpetual process of making all things new. He will unceasingly renew our desire for holiness, our hunger for his words, our anointing for prayer; and on the list goes. “I make all things new” He says. What ever we need renewed, He will renew – endlessly.