Did you have a rough 2012?
If so, chances are you may be longing for the New Year to come so you can have a “fresh start” or “start over” or finally get your shot at a “new beginning.”
This is idolatry.
It is idolatry because it is the act of looking to someone or something other than Jesus for your security, comfort, and position. You are essentially saying, “In 2012, things didn’t go my way. But, in 2013, I hope things will. And if they do, then I will have the security I am looking for. Finally, my opportunity to do things to change my circumstances.”
There is nothing wrong with looking forward to the New Year with resolutions, ambitions, dreams, goals, and desires to improve your life in any and every aspect. The trouble comes, however, when we look to it as our security, or that which will rescue us from our plight.
You don’t need a fresh start; you need to refresh your memory.
It’s not about what happens in 2013; it’s about what already happened 2,000+ years ago.
It is wiser to meditate about things that have already happened than to fantasize about things that may or may not happen.
What’s going to happen in 2013? I have absolutely no idea. For you, I hope the best. Everything you ever wanted. A blessed, successful, fruitful, prosperous new year. I hope it comes. But don’t put your ultimate hope in the New Year, but what Jesus has already accomplished for you many years ago.
Look forward to the New Year . . . but as you do, look up to Jesus who will get you through it. The one who will one day make “all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
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