(Isaiah 43:19 NIV) "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
The phrase “Happy New Year” can be purely cliché, or it can be an expression of sincere hope. God loves doing “a new thing”. Being made new is the foundation stone of spiritual growth, but it is not always comfortable. It is the on-ramp to a new way in the wilderness -- IN the wilderness, not out of it. When God does a “new thing”, it often includes a mixture of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, happiness and grief. He doesn’t move us onto new things by just doing the same old thing. Being made new is the cup for the stream in the wasteland. We must perceive it and persevere in it. If we don’t, we can never mature spiritually. We will end up stunted and stranded. We will remain spiritual infants, or worse yet, grow into calcified, spiritually senile, religious people who are more interested in protecting old things than growing new things. God forbid! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day