Well, we step into a new year on Saturday. I know, I know, dates are a human creation, but this is the way we mark time, and a new year is upon us.
I don’t know what the new year holds for us as individuals or as a church, but I am sure of one thing. I am sure of the promises of God.
Isaiah the prophet spoke the words of God during a time of great conflict and even unfaithfulness. God’s grace didn’t depend upon how good the people were back then, and it doesn’t now.
This is what God said to the people of Israel back then and to us today…
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
Whatever the new year holds, I will look to God who is the giver of all good things, and I will do my best to cling to Jesus in all situations.
God will make a way in the most desperate of situations and will present new opportunities as we step into 2022.
Let us not dwell on the past as God reminds us in Isaiah. Instead, let us learn from the past so that it informs our decisions as we step into our future.
I pray the struggles we have faced in the past two years will subside but even if they don’t, we trust God will watch over us and make a way.
May we all have a blessed New Year as we draw closer to Jesus.