I wonder if 2015 is going to be the year of new hope. Maybe when the clock strikes midnight tonight the world’s ills will start to tilt toward improvement. Maybe there will be less disease. Maybe there will be less poverty. Maybe there will be less hunger. Maybe there will be less racism. Maybe there will be less back-stabbing. Maybe there will be less slander. Maybe there will be less self-serving leadership. Maybe . . .
What is “hope” anyway? It is a “wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment.” Most “hope” nowadays is a wish or desire unaccompanied by much if any confidence at all. It is false hope. What is “new”? It is the state of being recent or fresh, not old but “new.” Therefore a new hope is one that is recent, fresh, not old. I believe that is what our world needs. In my opinion, the current “hopes” are sorely lacking in confidence boosting. So where is this new hope? Does it exist? Where can we find it, believe it, run with it? Excellent question and I am glad you asked.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3).
“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17).
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17).
Strangely enough, the best new hope isn’t new at all. It has been around a long time, yet it is forever fresh.
May God bless you and give you a new year filled with new hope!
Rev. Tim Randall, a.k.a. Sparky the Jesus Freak