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New Year, Same Old Problem…

January 6, 2014

This is the time of year when people make New Year resolutions (although I have to confess, I haven’t made any for many years…). Why do people do it? Because a) the start of a new year suggests change, and b) we are only too aware of things that could do with a change. Whether we’re thinking about our weight, our habits or our relationships, we are not perfect. Nobody is perfect; everybody could find something that could improve in their life.

Now, that is not how we feel things should be. It is actually a reminder that this whole world is out of sync – something we see evidenced on the personal, national and international level. But why? If God is a great and marvellous creator, why are we – and the world – not as we should be?

The answer is found in the Bible:

1)      God created a perfect world: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Gen 1:31).

2)      The first human beings ruined it by disobeying God: “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Gen 3:17); “… the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Rom 8:22).

3)      We are unable to return to our original state: “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom 3:10); “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

So what do we do? Don’t panic: God is in control, and he has already started sorting it out. In December, we remembered how God came down to earth as a human being, sharing our life. But he will do it again, on a grander scale: he will recreate the universe, and will give us a new home where there will be no sin, no sickness, no war and no destructive habits:

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteous dwells” (1 Peter 3:13); “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21:4).

A completely new beginning – not just a small adjustment or a cosmetic change to our life – isn’t that a glorious promise to hold on to, not just for the new year but for the rest of your life?

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From → Christianity, Faith, Jesus

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  1. dnj4t2 permalink

    Reblogged this on dennis4xx.

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