New is always great. New sounds like potential an opportunity…Unless I think about it you much. Then it sounds like canes in the unknown.
Things become new every year. Every year I promise myself instead of fearing the unknown I will choose you hope in the known. So what is known about you? What do I do with it true that I can securely placed my hope in? I know this – that God is the author of new. And since He authors every good and perfect thing I can trust that every new situation will bring good and perfect thing. I can trust that every new situation will have some good in it. James 1:17 promises “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
New is one of God’s promises to us, and we know that all his promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ (2 Coronavirus 1:20). As believers our hope ultimately rest in the promises that Christ will come back or us and one day make all things new (Revelation 21:5). But what about the here and now? What can I hang my hope – hat on today, tomorrow and every other day? Luckily, scripture is full of accounts that show us how God makes things new for his glory and for the good of his people. Lets look at a few of them and I hope that they bring:
I love God more for his ability to restore. He restores us to a little right relationship with him through the gift of forgiveness and justification. He is able to restore earthly relationships. And He can even restore days and years that have been lost two of the effects of sin (Joel 2:25). That Has to be the greatest evidence of the extravagant nature of God’s mercy. Not only can He renew ally and redeem its future, but He can also redeem its past.
Our hope rests in the promise that Christ will come back for us one day and make all things new.
In scripture, we say God’s power of restoration countless times. When Jacob was finally reunited with his lost son Joseph, he described the grief-filled days of his life as “few and evil” (Genesis 47:9). But in his last days, through God’s mercy, Jacob was able to look back on his life and see that God had been a shepherd all along and that he had been redeemed from the evil that one’s marked is life (Genesis 48:115-16). In the account of Ruth, we see God take a family whose name face extinction and not only restore to them a secure future but knit them into his grand story of a redemption by placing them in Jesus’s family line.
In the New Testament, we see Jesus live a ministry of restoration. He restore sight to the blind, the ability to walk to the crippled, hearing to the deaf, and new clean skin to the deceased (Mark: 8:22-26; Matthew 9:2-8: Mark 7:31-37; Luke 5:12-25). In all of these accounts, Jesus didn’t just feel a condition. He restore life, security, and hope to broken people.
What has God been stored for you? Time? Relationships? What are you hoping for and Christ in your situations. God has restored my family, healed me of cancer, taking away my sin. And I have the satisfaction of knowing I will always be protected, he is always watching out for me.
Names carried a lot of significance in scripture. Throughout the Bible, people are introduced to us by name and by meanings of their name. Eve Was “ The mother of all the living.” Isaac was “laughter.” And Samuel was “asked of God” (Genesis 3:20; 21:6; Samuel 1:20),
What’s even more significance is the renaming of people in scripture. When God gave someone a new name, it was always a sign of renewed purpose and a redeemed life. God change Abrams name to Abraham to signify His promise to make him a father of many (Genesis 17:5). He change the names of Hosea’s children from No mercy and Not My People to My loved One and My People to symbolize His love for Israel and His plan to redeem her from idolatry (Hosea 1:2). Simon became Peter, and Saul became Paul when they became Jesus‘s disciples ( Matthew 4:18; Acts 13:9). They receive new identity in Christ as a they forsook live in the flesh.
While me we may not actually receive new names when we become Christ followers, we certainly receive new identities. My name Kathrine is a great reminder to me that I’m a pioneering woman, highly focused and achievement oriented, my name is Hebrew means pure. Because of Christ sacrifice, I am walking why did Snow, pure and clean. I get to wake up and put it on God’s righteousness every day as if it was my own.
So as I look forward to new situations I can trust and hope in my identity in Christ. I know that, no matter how I fail, God tender mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). He made me worthy of my name and called me His in Christ.
If you are in Christ, you have been given a new name, a new identity. You are living according to your new name with renewed purpose in redemption.
God make dead things alive again. Literally. He has power over death in every sense, and He demonstrated that to us when He raised Jesus from the grave. Scripture says that, as believers, we have the same power dwelling as in us. It’s what gives life who are dead souls (Romans 8:11).
I can’t get easily discouraged when I think about how many times I’ve failed and given into temptation… just in the last week. End it makes the idea of fighting this battle for another year of Seen overwhelming. But this truth, that I have the same power that raised Christ from the grace dwelling in me, gives me great hope. If I lay down my weak, flawed existence every day, I can trust that God will resurrect it with a new life and new grace.
Do you trust in God‘s power to resurrect? Are you living in the truth that God can bring new life to your soul every day? Or are you living as one defeated by shame and sin?
All Things New
As I begin every day, I’m committed to hope in God’s power you make things new. He restores lost time, bestows new identities, and creates new life. He offers renewed mercy to His own each day. He promises good plans for His people, plans that include a hopeful future (Jeremiah 29:11).
So rather than seeing the start of another day as a daunting task to be met or an unknown to be feared, my prayer is that I can trust God’s sovereignty over new. There will be new blessings, new trials, new failures, and a new victories, but His goodness will guard them all.