A Fresh Start in 2022
By Pastor Fernando Villicana, Correspondent | January 01, 2022 | NATIONAL
Story No. 120321100
What an unprecedented year we have all experienced. Huge changes both culturally and politically have seemed to test and push many of us to the ragged edge. At the same time, we all know that there is silver lining around every dark cloud. The silver lining around the cloud of Covid, civil unrest, political concerns, economic challenges is that each and every year we get the opportunity to start fresh again. Even if the aforementioned situations carry into the new year, there is something hopeful and promising about the word “new.” The prospect of “new” almost always brings with it a feeling of hope. Hope for change, hope for a better tomorrow…
Let’s all look to the Bible for hope and a better future.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)
Three things we learn from this scripture:
God has a plan for our lives
His plans involve prosperity and not disaster
He brings to all who seek Him a future and a hope.
God is always moving. God is always blessing. Sometimes you give life your best shot and you still come up short. Sometimes you do your very best in raising your children and they still make those bad decisions. Sometimes you work really hard on making a strong marriage and it just doesn't make any progress; it seems to go in the direction you hoped it would.
Good News Is: As we begin this New Year – 2022 – We can all get a fresh start.
“The Lord says, `Forget about what has happened before. Do not think about the past. Instead, look at the new things I'm going to do.'" Isaiah 43:18,19
The Bible says that God is very interested in your future.
Forget about what's happened before, don’t dwell on the past. It's over. The book's closed on it.
Always remember, God is far more interested in your future than He is in your past.
God says: “…look at the new things I’m going to do.”
God is anxious to forgive you of past sins. He isn't interested in your past, He's interested in your future. That's where you're going to spend the rest of your life.
He says, “forget about what’s happened before..” Don't let anything that happened in 2021 mess up your 2022. Instead, look at the “new thing” God’s going to do.
Happy New Year!
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.