As we enter into a new year, many of us look ahead with hope and anticipation of what’s to come. We make resolutions, set goals, and dream of a fresh start. The familiar words of Isaiah remind us that with God, the chance for renewal is always before us:
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)
For the original audience hearing these words, Isaiah’s prophecy provided comfort and hope. Judah was facing exile in Babylon as punishment for their rebellion against God. Isaiah assured them that this too would pass. God would restore them, providing a future even better than the past.
While our circumstances today are different, the truth remains the same. With repentance and faith in Christ, we become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our slate is wiped clean, and our hearts are continuously renewed by the Holy Spirit.
As you embark on this new year, rest in the knowledge that yesterday’s failures and hurts no longer define you. God is doing a new thing! He invites you to participate in building His Kingdom here on earth. Will you accept the invitation?
No matter what storms you faced last year - loss, heartbreak, addiction, depression - God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). You have been made new. Walk forward in freedom and joy, keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus.
Let us encourage one another as we embrace this new year and new creation that Christ has given us. Share your hopes, dreams and prayer requests in the comments below. Subscribe to receive our weekly blog posts for more encouragement throughout 2024!