Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Day 1: Good morning. The New is here!

It's January 1, 2013. A new day, a new month, a new year ... new opportunities, new mercies, new grace. New creation!

I think we are kingdom-builders by nature. While we romanticize the new, we often shy away from its realities and cling to the old instead. By the time you're my age, you're looking at what you've accumulated. Is there enough in your bank account to keep you comfortable throughout your twilight years? Do you have a core of friends and loved ones around you to celebrate these milestones? Have you built a legacy through whatever it is you feel called to do as your life's work? Have you yet found a sufficiently comfortable pair of slippers and a bathrobe to keep you warm on these wintry cold mornings?

But these things are all "old." Any threat to any of these things, and we find ourselves reacting in defensive mode ... rather than seeking to embrace the "new" that God might be bringing us.

To start off day 1 of this 31-day blog-a-day challenge issued by my friend Lindsey Talerico, it occurred to me that I should seek God's opinion on the word "new." The word occurs no fewer than 280 times in the NIV translation of the Scriptures.

Ezra 9:9
He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 65:17
See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

John 13:34
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Acts 5:20
“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Colossians 3:10
... put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

2 Peter 3:13
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

Revelation 21:5
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Thank God for His mercies — new every morning! God knows how desperately we need new mercies. I pray that in 2013 yours will be a year full of daily new mercies!


Larry Short said...

I asked my wife what her idea of "new" was today.

She responded: "It's you giving our shower a good scrub and getting rid of the mold growing between the tiles."

Anyone else have a (better) idea? What does the word "new" mean to you today?

Kristin Mahoney said...

Today "new" means grace and what grace does by renewing us from the inside out. Without it I have no hope of being a new creation, for I can't perfect or renew myself on my own. Grace covers the imperfection but also cleans it out. (Matthew 23:25-26)
Reflecting on the nature of grace has been very important lately for this recovering perfectionist!

I also fully approve of your wife's definition of new.

Gary French said...

Strange. I had this "new" compulsion to scrub the grout in my shower this morning. I mean, I have intended to clean it for several years now, but this morning it was time.