“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
The ushering in of a new year seems always to usher in the hope of better things over the coming months. Most people are very positive at this time of the year as they have put the bad year behind them and are now looking forward to the good of a new year. Resolutions have been made, aspirations envisioned, and goals set. I suppose that most of us get caught up in this commotion during the bringing in of a new year.
Solomon, the writer of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes said this, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Remember that Solomon was referred to as the wisest man in the Bible. It almost seems that he has taken a defeatist attitude toward what happens in the world. Solomon uses the phrase, “under the sun” often as he penned the words of Ecclesiastes. The reason was because he was perceiving life from the eyes and heart of a man whose life had altered by sin, i.e., making bad decisions and wrong choices. Now, he could only write of his memories. As you think of men like Solomon, who seem to be pessimistic in their view of life, you find that they have experienced the ecstasy of victory and the agony of defeat. Their lives, like Solomon’s, have been consumed with the pursuit of personal attainments. The thoughts that seem to occupy their thinking is, “What’s left?”
The Bible tells us of many new things which are seen throughout the Word of God. The most important “new” thing found in the Bible is shown to us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which states, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This is referring to the “new birth,” of course. The most important new thing any person can have is not by acquisition, but it is given as a free gift. Romans 5:15-21 tells of the free gift of salvation over and over and it is available to anyone and every one who will receive it.
The new year is only a couple of weeks old and many of you may still be thinking of what you can accomplish in it. Do you have the new birth? Are you a new creature in Christ? That is where it must begin, and this will open the door for new opportunities for the new year.Pastor H. Preston Parker