Embedded in the very heart of the message of grace is the promise of the possibility of a fresh start. The book of Lamentations leaves no doubt that the Abba of every Christian is One whose mercy and grace offers the opportunity to start over again and again. God’s prophet promised, “The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never ceases, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Last year is history. The coming year now stands before us like a blank page, waiting for the Author of our salvation to write into time the storyline He has already completed in eternity. Whatever regrets, whatever failures, whatever sins that may come to your mind – anything and everything you regret about yesterday is gone. A new year awaits you. Look to your heavenly Father and anticipate with eagerness the next chapter entitled “2004.”
Your sins have been forgiven. Your mistakes have been forgotten. Your guilt has been discharged. Your failures have vanished into the pages of history. Don’t look backward. Forget those things which are behind and press forward to the treasure of your calling in Christ Jesus.
Prodigal sons, you can come home now! Wilderness-living Christians, the door to Canaan stands wide open! Guilt-ridden saints, all is forgotten! Move out of the past. Today is a new day. You stand on the boundary line of a new year. Laugh, sing, dance! Your Father has plans for you.
He can’t wait to show you what He has prepared because of His love for you. Whether you find the life ahead to be gift wrapped in bright or dark wrapping, your life will be a gift to you from Him. Open it in faith and see for yourself that His lovingkindness never ceases and His compassion never fails.