Many new things come into our homes and our lives around Christmas. And what
excitement it all generates! Hot on the heels of all the new things is a new
year with all its hopes and prospects. Probably some new joys, new
experiences, new faces — and new problems.
When each day dawns we look to the sky to see the weather. We read the paper
to find out what’s new. We’re always on the lookout for something
different to make life more enjoyable and interesting. It is only
A common experience
Have you ever
looked forward to a new start? A new job, or maybe, a move to another house in
another district. Perhaps a new school or college. Hopes are high for
everything to take on a new colour, for an increased income, for conditions to
make life just wonderful. But somehow it all fails to come together.
Strangely, the old creeps back. The problems haven’t gone away; they
just slip out from the shadows and stare at us once again.
It’s often like this with marriage. This one won’t be like the
first. No, not with this person. Things go well for a while, then some
all-too-familiar scenes take place. Stand offs, misunderstandings, hurt
feelings — bringing surprise to both parties. Figures show that a higher
proportion of second marriages fail than first ones.
We are hard to convince
For some reason
we seem certain that more favourable circumstances and improved relationships
will guarantee the happiness we want. We look for a sudden fortune, a new
romance, a surprising new door of opportunity. So often they come with promise
but leave us with a sense of emptiness. They don’t deliver the
A basic mistake
We keep forgetting
that though circumstances may change, we don’t. In our hearts we are the
same. Wherever we go, we take our real selves with us. It’s what’s
inside us that needs changing, not what’s around us.
This is why Jesus came at that first Christmas. He came to make all things
new, including the hearts of men and women.
God is not patching up the old, He is bringing people to Himself and making
them new. They have a new relationship with Him, a new start, a new life. All
because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The last two chapters of the Bible describe a little of the glorious future
Christ has prepared for us. Then he makes the invitation: “Come! Whoever
is thirsty, let him come, and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of
the water of life” (Revelation chapter 22, verse 17).
There will be no disappointment here. Guaranteed.