Happy New Year!
Christmas is over and the New Year, 2014, is right around the corner. We like something new, whether it is a new thing or a new friend. We like a new vehicle, even if it is a used vehicle, it is new to us. We like a new cell phone, clothes, house, computer, or a new friendship. When we know we are going to experience something new, we greatly enjoy the anticipation of the experience. Zella and I learned earlier this year that we were going to greet our first grandchild. So, for nine months, we were eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Lincoln Troy Adams. Experiencing a grandchild is great! Now, I am looking forward to when he will talk, walk , and play!!!
John writes in Revelation 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” We are not exactly sure what all that means. We certainly know that we are looking forward to the new experience of a place where there is no more suffering, sickness, sorrow, trials, troubles, heartaches, or hardships. We are really looking forward to the newness that God has for us. We also have confidence that with God, His newness will be more wonderful that we could possibly imagine. However, we certainly do not have to wait until heaven to experience God’s newness.
When we became Christians, we experienced God’s newness of life. Every day is a gift of God’s newness. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness” (NASB). Since every day is an experience of God’s newness, let’s take advantage of the New Year to start some new habits. For example, since we will be experiencing a sermon series through the story of the Bible, let’s reach for the goal of reading through the entire Bible for 2014. That goal will help us to establish Bible reading as a daily habit. One of the best things about habits is that it is in the habit and routine where much is accomplished. The daily habit of reading the Bible puts us in the place where God develops us into a new person. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Speaking of renewal, I always look forward to Spring because it is in the season of Spring, where God renews the earth. The First Day of Spring for 2014 is March 20!
Three Months till Spring!