“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Just like the pure, white freshness a snowfall gives to the landscape, the anticipation of a brand new year fills the heart with hope for renewal in our lives. As we end another year in a few days, I wonder, what is it that you think about when you look forward to the year 2021? And what do your thoughts dwell on as you look back on the year 2020?
God understands these human tendencies because he created people with the desire to look forward towards the future, yet at the same time with a propensity to look back into the past, even in the midst of the day to day activities that define our lives. The good news is that God gives us the hope so many seek in this world that can be so challenging, and at times harsh and unforgiving just like a desert. His words give us the chance for renewal, regeneration, and restoration, all of which he offers to us through Jesus.
Since the beginning of the world, God had this renewal plan in place and purposefully brought it to completion step by step. Centuries before Jesus was born, the Psalmist wrote:
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” (Psalm 98:1-3)
The centuries passed and then, at the ideal moment in history, Jesus became one of us and lived a perfect life among the people, so he is the one who is qualified to reconcile us back to God himself.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons . . .So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4-5, 7)
This is such good news, to know that we can be adopted into the family of God, the creator and sustainer of the universe. And through this adoption, we become heirs of the same inheritance that God’s unique son Jesus, the Christ claims.
Could your life use a fresh start? Would you like to have this inheritance of an incredible, unbelievable, immeasurable nature? We invite you to come and see for yourself the plans God has for you.
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)