Surely if any society ever enjoyed newness, it is ours. We want the latest in fashion, technology and ideology. Many of our products are made so as to not be repairable or so as to not be cost-effectively repairable. And while this drives Mr. Fixits crazy, the purpose is to get us to simply buy another one…a new one…one with the latest features. The problem is that “new” does not last. New cars soon get dinged, dented and stained with coffee or coke. New furniture soon shows the signs of wear. New carpet fades. And new gadgets? Well, let’s not even mention those, except to say that at today’s speed of improved versions, the item you are bringing home from purchase is likely obsolete by the time you get home. New and cute puppies quickly grow up into troublesome adult dogs. New jobs, new friends, new years, new marriages…new anythings may soon begin to lose lustre.
I’d like you to read the following selection from Isaiah’s 43rd chapter, verses 18 & 19: “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.” This is Jehovah God speaking. And when God does new, He does it right! The people He addresses had been shattered by their sinning. They are in captivity. They are fresh out of hope. But God promises these folks who are old before their time, that He is doing something new. He will deliver them and bring them home. I love how God does new.
In the New Testament, in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (5:17), we find this written: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” To be in Christ, is to be new. It doesn’t matter how long ago you entered Him, you are new! It doesn’t matter how many birthdays you’ve had, you are new, if you are in Christ! He is able to make us new with everlasting newness. Belonging to Jesus never gets old, even as we age. It gets sweeter and sweeter as the years go by. And this is true not because of us, but because of our Wonderful Savior. I urge you to discover this truth for yourself. Get into the Bible and learn of Him. You will find that belonging to Him, growing in your understanding of Him, serving His cause, while it may not be easy and it may wear you out, will find you enjoying a newness between you and Him that will never go away. May the newness Father God brings humans be yours in this new but rapidly aging year!