It’s New Year’s Eve 2021. Many of us will stay up late so we can see the new year, 2022 arrive. Many of us will find a celebration or a party or some other type of event to attend to celebrate the new year. Many of us will have more memories about what we did to bring in the new year than what we did to make a difference in 2021.
I’m not sure God gets excited about fireworks and parties and socializing to bring in the new year. So, I want to offer you three ways believers can do to bring in the new year so that God would want to join in your celebration.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” The Lord’s Love is steadfast towards us, so much so that it covers us and keeps us throughout the year. We can see another day because His Love carries us, and we can see another day because His mercies cover our failings. And His Love and His mercies toward us are never old; they are new each day because we bring new trials upon ourselves each day.
Given the Love and Mercies and His faithfulness towards us, let’s bring the new year by:
Praising Him. Psalm 150-6: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Let your praise of the Lord be the fireworks of your life given to Him! Wouldn’t that be great?
Waiting for Him. Lamentations 3:25: “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” If you have lived the whole year ahead of the Lord, now would be a great time to close out the year waiting for Him. Don’t just wait on Him. He may not be heading in the direction you are going. Instead, wait for Him. He will bring new direction for you.
Hoping quietly in Him. Lamentations 3:26: “It is good that one should hope and wait quietly.” Just as we will wait in anticipation of new year’s fireworks that will come and go in moments, do something better. He finds it good that we would hope in Him for our enjoyment and all else. Let’s find time in the year to hope in the Joy of the Lord.
So, if you are waiting up till midnight to see the old year pass and the new year come, consider praising Him for filling your life with His Love and with His mercies. Wait for Him to show you the way you should go for 2022. And hope in Him for goodness to be your shadow in 2022 and for all the days of your life.
In that second between the end of 2021 and the entry of 2022, if you are up celebrating, celebrate that He is our savior. Its just a second in your life. You won’t miss much of the passing of the old year or the entry of the new year. But you will end the old and start the new with Him at the center of your heart. Live a Delivered Life. Love you.