The year 2012. People always see a new year as a fresh start. A clean slate. Though really its just another year isn’t it? Our troubles of 2011 are still lingering with us, the debt we owe from 2011 still haunts us. But somehow we expect January 1st to magically make all that disappear. We expect midnight to fall and everything will be happy again. But it doesn’t work that way does it? The year 2012 is the same as any other year. There will be progress, new inventions, new songs and movies and tv shows. But it has the same holidays, same amount of days in a year, you still have to work, and get sick. It’s possible someone close to you will even pass away this year. The clock ticks and tocks the same exact way, and the numbers never change. The sun still rises in the east and still sets in the west. The poverty in third world countries will continue, and those living with little income, still have to live paycheck to paycheck. Because after January ends, people forget that its a new year, and just see it as another year they have to survive.
So in reality when you look at the new year approaching, and you actually look past the 1st of January, does the new year look better to you? Or does it look the same as last year, just with new materialistic things of this world. In humanities eyes, 2012 is just another year that they have to live through. And it seems like despite the rumors, they will continue on, living the way they always have, with one resolution at a time.
So what is the point in even celebrating new years? Because you have another year of life that you must fight to survive in? We can climb the ladder of success but we will still struggle. But the new years celebration was not intended to be celebrated with sadness or in vanity with alcohol and noise makers and passionate kisses. But with the thankfulness of God’s love. Because from the beginning of the very first year, God loved us. He created us, formed us, and made us.
Have you ever wondered why you are here? Why God created you? Was it to satisfy a hidden need in Him? Was it because God was bored just hanging around forever in empty space doing nothing. Maybe it was because He was just curious and wanted to know what would happen if He made a bunch of people and put them on a planet in the middle of nowhere. The Bible doesn’t specifically say why God made us, but it does say that he created us.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:1
But why are we even here? Simple answer. Because God loves us. In the book of Genesis we see that God walked with Adam and Eve. And that even after they sinned and turned their back on God, God came looking for them. He called for them and longed for them. Even after they deliberately disobeyed Him, God still shed blood to make atonement for their sins when He made garments of skin as clothes for them. Because God loved us. And nearly 2000 years later, God calls Moses to make a tabernacle so that God can be with His people. He continues to search for His people. Even in the new testament He continues to search out His people nearly 4000 years after the fall of man.
“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God… and the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 14
And even today He longs to be with His people. Though the bible says the wages of sin is death and death is what we deserve as sinners, God took that death from us, so He can be with us, because He Loves Us!
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love… He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Ps 103:8,10-14 (NIV)
He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. 1 John 4:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
We should celebrate new years not because the past is behind us, or that our future is better, but that God is still calling for His people. He is still searching for His bride, He is waiting for us, knocking at our door. We should celebrate new years with thankfulness that God is still looking! Look at what the word says here,
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son; that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
So what should 2012 be all about? Let our Resolution/Revelation to come out of the bushes we are hiding in and let God find us. To allow God to be with us. To open our hearts door and let Him in. Celebrate the New Years, by Celebrating God’s Love!
Happy 2012 New Years!!!