“You laid earth’s foundations a long time ago, and handcrafted the very heavens; You’ll still be around when they’re gone, threadbare and discarded like an old suit of clothes. You’ll throw them away like a worn-out coat, but YEAR AFTER YEAR YOU’RE AS GOOD AS NEW.” (The Message – Psalms 102:26-27)
I saw one of those magnetic notes stuck to the side of a refrigerator in a kitchen that sticks out at me like a sore thumb. It reads like this. “I will not make the same of mistakes this coming year. I will make some new ones.”
New year. New mistakes. That’s life in the fast lane. The person who launches into the new year assuming that they will not make any mistakes during the next 365 days has already made one. They will. That’s about as positive as I know how to be.
No one is going to bat 1000. In baseball, not failing 3 out of 10 times in going to bat is a good average. GMP Institute of Cincinnati suggests this philosophy for helping companies deal with employee or employer mistakes, and it can be good advice for all of us as we enter a new year.
Get over it! Making ordinary mistakes is not committing hara-kiri. The writer of the Book of Hebrews records it like this in Hebrews 6:1. “Let us go on unto perfection…” If we must “go on”, that means we are not there yet, but we are on the way. Again Paul speaks of perfection like this in Philippians 3:12.”Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect…”
This may shock a lot of people, but let me remind you---you are not perfect yet. You don’t see angel wings bulging to break out underneath my shirt or a halo wobbling around just above my head. I am human enough to make mistakes and spiritual enough to run to the Father for forgiveness when I make them.
This is the assurance I have for the New Year: GOD IS AS GOOD AS NEW! I have not worn Him out with all my faults and failures nor is He repulsed by my humanity. The words of the Psalmist are so encouraging to those of us who mess up even when we don’t really mean to. He said, “SURELY goodness and mercy shall FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.” (Psalms 23:6) That’s the good news for the coming year. He will be there to clean up my messes, resolve my confusion, restore my confidence and reassure me of His endless love.
I urge you to press forward into the New Year remembering that your God is as good as new and that it is His desire to do new things in your life.
The year before us is filled with uncertainties, but our God is just as good as new. He is the ever present I AM, present tense God. He has been impervious to the passing of days, years and millenniums. He is the same. Wars can not cause Him to waste away to nothing. Economic busts can not erode the abundance of His supply.
Empires rise and fall. Seasons come and go, but He is the same. As we enter this new year, enter it with full assurance that God is as good as new.
Pastor Jimmy & Bob