I hear many people say, “I cannot wait for a new year. A fresh start.” as they reflect on their sufferings from 2014. This is a phrase that I have flippantly used myself in looking forward to new years of the past, but for some reason that phrase has been standing out to me differently this year.
What is it about changing a calendar to display a clean set of months that makes us feel like we get to hit a reset button on life? Perhaps it is the same foolish mentality that we have about the magic of Christmas and that jolly man in the red suit. We make these worldly ideas temporary saviors in which we can place our hope.
Jeremiah has something different to say about where our hope should be. He writes these beautiful words in Lamentations as he is reflecting on his afflictions.
Lamentations 3 : 21-24
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
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.”
Sin and heartache and pain will be as real and present on January 1, 2015 as it is on December 31st. As wonderful as it would be to wake up to a new year with a fresh start it is a façade.
Ashley reminded us yesterday not to give up when we fail our new year’s resolution and I would like to remind you not to give up when the new year fails you. Praise God that when we screw up or experience real suffering on January 1st we do not have to wait an entire year for His love and mercy. His love never ceases. His mercies are new every morning.
The Lord is our hope. He is our “fresh start” each and every day. I can get through each day and year because I have a Savior who loves me and promises to walk with me through everything that life brings.
Looking forward to another day in the round,