by Mike Lutz
A New Year often means considering the good and the bad from the previous year and looking forward with expectancy and hope to a bright future in the year to come. Often times the result of our introspective examination leads us to make resolutions for the future; resolutions where we swear off sweets, we determine to diet, we vow to save more and spend less, and we promise that this year will be the year we persevere with our exercise goals. The themes of our resolutions are often focused on how we can be better people, live healthier lives, and experience added happiness both today and in the future.
Since the beginning of time, no one in all of existence could have had a brighter future than Adam and Eve, God’s first human representatives. The Bible tells us that “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them.” (Genesis 1:27–28 NKJV) What a beginning. What a promising future.
After all, this was the first day of the first year of human existence. It had to be a bright and sunny day in that garden of perfection. All of creation must have been singing in perfect harmony with man and God as the sun reflected a beautiful array of colors all around that garden as the fresh fragrance of a new creation filled the air, like the crisp scent after a recent rain. There was a perfect oneness that day as the pleasures of a pure paradise and the fullness of such majestic splendor lay ahead of God’s quintessential representatives. Mankind, at that moment, was full of heavenly potential and unlimited possibilities.
At the beginning of a New Year, like at the beginning of Creation, every child of God is full of heavenly potential and unlimited possibilities. The future is promising and the opportunities for God to accomplish great things in and through a person’s life this year are limitless. The only thing that holds a person back is his or her own unwillingness to take hold of God’s promised blessings.
Notice that before God gave His mission to man, He gave a special blessing to man. (Imagine how beautiful that first blessing upon man must have been.) It was a personal blessing, filled with the utmost love, care, and compassion. God blessed His crowning achievement before man embarked on the greatest journey in the entire universe: life. God was the initiator of this blessing upon man and therefore this displays to us that it is God’s nature and His desire to bless man. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so His nature and desire to bless man is the same today as it was that incredible day in the Garden of Eden.
God wants to bless you this year, and you should see the gift of a new year as the gift of a new beginning from Him. A new year is like standing in the garden, looking at a new creation that lay ahead. It is never too late to walk in the fullness of God’s blessings; it is never too late to start afresh. Whether your past has been dark and dismal, or whether it has been bright and brilliant, it is still the past, and God wants to walk with you and lead you into a blessed and abundant future.
Today is a beautiful day and a new chance to worship God as never before, a chance to see Him in a brand new light, a chance to see the wonder and majesty of our Creator through fresh eyes, a chance to serve Him as never before, a chance to worship Him with garden simplicity, and a chance to experience the blessed promises from His word this next year. What better way to start off your new year than to begin as creation began, with a blessing from our Creator! He knows us personally because He made us uniquely; therefore He is exclusively qualified to bestow a blessing of immeasurable depth upon His people.
Before taking another step into the future, stop and ask God to bless the days ahead with all the hope and promise and potential that awaited Adam and Eve, and pray that God would grant you the strength to walk in a way that gloriously reflects the image of our Creator.
Even if you haven’t started out the New Year this way, it is not too late to take advantage of the fresh start that God willingly and longingly affords you. Take a moment and resolve to make your pursuit of God your utmost priority in the days, months, and years to come and watch how God grows you personally, uses you faithfully, and makes you abundantly fruitful.
Written by Mike Lutz
Edited by Karla Pedrow
Mike Lutz is the author of the newly released daily devotional God Every Day: 365 Life Application Devotions. Mike has been in pastoral ministry for over a decade and is dedicated to the practical and accurate teaching of God’s Word. Mike’s heart is to see people grow deeper in their relationship with God and to live lives that reflect the love of God. Mike is also the author of the inspirational book, Discovering God’s Will for Your Life: Your Journey with God. Mike lives in Southern California with his wife Colette where he continues to write and speak. For more information visit www.MikeLutz.org.
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