Happy New Year! That exclamation rings with hope for a new year full of new beginnings. There’s a spirit of optimism that things left undone in the old year can be tackled in the new with renewed strength and vitality. There is also the anticipation of new adventures and new horizons to be explored. However, why do we wait until January 1st for a rebirth of all things hopeful. The fact is that God is all about rebirth and restoration. We know that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. Old things have passed away and everything has become new. However, that spirit of newness is not limited to the point at which we were born again. It can be a daily experience if we trust what he has said in Lamentations 3 – His mercies are new every day. That spirit of optimism and hope can be ours on January 1st and every other day of the year – on the day we are reborn into the family of God and on every other day of the year. Great is God’s faithfulness. We will hope in Him today, tomorrow, and the day after that because His mercies are new every day and His steadfast love never ceases.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)