A New Year begins this Thursday morning at 12:00:01 am. Wow! We move from 2014 to 2015. Now, let me make some predictions.
- There will be babies born.
- The stock market will go up….and down.
- There will be political intrigue.
- The republicans with their new majorities in House and Senate will do some good things and will make some terrible blunders.
- People will fall in love….some will get married.
- People will get divorces….some will be happy.
- There will be hacks into computer systems, personal and corporate.
- There will be many acts of kindness by good Samaritans that will receive little or no press.
- There will be scandals revolving around religious leaders, political leaders, sports figures, and those in the entertainment world.
- Radicalized people will attack innocent people in words and deeds with a desire to create terror.
- Some people will take a stand for what is right…truth and justice…salt and light.
- People will make money. Most will make a little. Some will make a lot. A few will…
- Some people will invest their money and themselves in world transforming work.
Before you applaud my incredible insights and bold predictions you may want to admit the truth: Sounds just like last year. Not much has changed. In fact, read these words written between 900 and 1000 BCE.
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (NIV)
1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” 3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
New? New Year? Well maybe the dates have changed and aging has taken place but in reality there is not a lot that is new.
Contrast this depressive reality with what scripture says concerning what really makes something new:
Psalm 40:3 (NIV)
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
19 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 65:17 (NIV)
17 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, s/he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Revelation 21:5 (NIV)
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
It would seem to me that the path to newness comes from entering into a relationship with the One who can make “everything new.”
Happy New Year, everyone. May your walk with The Lord grow ever deeper as God does his work to make you brand new.
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