Surely this new year, we have a great opportunity to set goals, priorities and resolutions but what really is new this new year or every year. We can say that the calendar is new, the new cycle year has begun and apart from these nothing is really new under the sun.
All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.
So what is new? every new year? We will all be amazed of what God offers us not only every year but everyday.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
God’s faithfulness is what really matters, it is new every morning, how amazing! what an amazing God we serve! His steadfast love never ends; His mercies never ceases. What more could we ask for? May His faithfulness be magnified in our daily walk as we offer our obedience in return. Right! obedience for this is the will of God.
Our obedience to God had many benefits:
1. We can know we are in God’s will
2. We can be assured God is pleased with us
3. We don’t have to worry that we’re doing the wrong thing
4. It brings assurance of salvation (1 John 5.2)
5. We can trust that we aren’t deceived about our faith (James 1.22)
The first benefit is very important “knowing the will of God”… it is not mystical or secret, the Bible clearly states plainly what God’s will is. Let me give a few examples where the Bible gives a black and white answer to certain questions about God’s will:
1. Can I divorce my spouse because of ” irreconcilable differences”? No (Matthew 5:31; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16)
2. Can I lie if it is for a “good” reason? No (Colossians 3:9)
3. Can we sleep together if we’re engaged and in love? No (Col 3.5; Heb 13.4)
4. Is it okay to gossip for any reason? No (Matt 12.36; Prov 17.9)
5. Am I supposed to read my Bible EVERY day? Yes (2Tim 2.15; Acts 17.11)
6. Should we go to church? Yes (Heb 10.25)
7. Should I care for widows and orphans? Yes (James 1.27)
8. My employer treats me bad, do I still have to work hard? Yes (1Thess 4.11-12; Col 3.17; 1Pet 2.18-19)
9. Is it okay to treat some people better than others based on their social status or income? No (James 2.2-4)
Now we can be sure that above all these things, it is the will of God for us to be saved and that is the very reason why God gave His Son Jesus for all to be saved and reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
May the Lord’s PEACE and BLESSING follow you not only this new year but every minute of everyday.