this is the word that keeps coming up in my heart as the "new" year begins.
according to dictionary.com, the definition for "new" is having just been made or come into being; of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time; or something not previously experienced or encountered.
"the thing that has been---it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again, and there is nothing new under the sun." ecclesiastes 1:9
there is only One who can make things "new." only He can create the "new" out of nothing. all else that is brought about by us is brought about by things that already have been.
when we use the word "new," we usually mean "new" to us. but when God uses the word "new," he means "never existed before."
"behold, i am doing a new thing! now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." isaiah 43:19
"and He Who is seated on the throne said, 'see! I make all thing new.' also He said, 'record this, for these sayings are faithful and true.'" revelation 21:5
so many times when we look to God for Him to take care of us, we think He is going to do so in ways that seem likely to us. but, God is in the "new" making business. He does not take old things and fix them up. He creates a "new" thing.
i do not want to try and figure out what God is doing in my heart or what "new" thing He is going to do. i just want to be excited for the "new" thing that God has promised.