I am excited to publish this post written by Sarah Susanna Rhomberg, one of my close writer friends. May it bless and encourage you as it did to me.
For some people, the past year may have seemed long and dreary. Some may be looking forward to something new, something fresh. Some may be sad that it has come to an end. Others might fear starting another year all over again.
Every year, I am torn. Yes, I love the anticipation of the new, but equally, I am one to hold onto the past, to hold onto the old.
Here are five passages for the start of the year, for both you and myself. No matter if you can’t wait for the new year or if you’re starting it with fear, let these be reminders to you.
1) Isaiah 40:30-31
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV)
For many, this past year was not an easy one. Many feel like they are tired and weary. They feel like they are stumbling and falling. But here’s the truth to hold onto: Those who put their hope in the God of the Bible will not grow tired or weary. They will not stumble and fall.
This passage in Isaiah is a great reminder to us to put our hope into the LORD, instead of trusting in the works of man.
2) Lamentations 3:22-23
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (KJV)
No matter the circumstances, God stays the same. His character stays the same. His love and His compassion do not waver. These are promises we have. In addition, this passage gives us another promise:
God’s mercies are new every morning. Try whispering that the moment you wake up. “New morning. New mercy.” What a good reminder for the new year!
3) Psalm 1:1-2
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (KJV)
I bet that one of the most common new year resolutions among Christians is to read the Bible more. But maybe that’s the wrong way to think. Maybe our goal should not be to read the Bible more, instead to shape our lives around the Bible. To, as the Psalmist says, meditate on it around the clock. Day and night.
Time to rewrite new year goals?
4) Galatians 1:10
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (KJV)
If you stand up for your faith, you will always have people dislike you. Maybe even hate you. Does that mean we should not stand for what we believe? The answer to that is a question from Galatians. Are you seeking the approval of man or of God?
May this be a reminder to us to live the new year boldly, fearing God… not man.
5) Revelation 22:20
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (KJV)
The great debate about when exactly Jesus will be coming back has been going on for about 2000 years. In reality, the exact time of his return is irrelevant – it shouldn’t matter to believers. The more relevant question is, “Are you ready?”
This year, let us live ready. Let us be prepared for Jesus’ return anytime. Let us live knowing we could be standing before our Maker soon. Because that’s what He promised. He will return soon.
Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a teen, who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children – always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her through her email list here.
P.S. Sarah’s email list is about the Christian articles she wrote. I read many of them and found them truth-filled and edifying.