Revelation 21:5 – “I am making everything new!”

Ever have that moment when you say or do the wrong thing and wish there was a “reset” button you could push? It shows up on video games and gives us the promise that when things are at their worst we can just reach over and push that button. There’s something refreshing about a new beginning.

It’s a New Year. A time when we consider how we will live differently. There’s a feeling of having a fresh slate, unmarked by mistakes and failures, missed opportunities and old habits. Jan. 1 is a reminder that we can begin again and hope again for greater things.

God said, “I am making everything new!” Although this promise appears in the last book of our Bible, the promise is good on every page. We don’t have to wait until we get to the end of our life to be made new—we can push that reset button now. Pushing that reset button only comes when we realize that we can’t do life without help. The sooner we get to the end of our own ability, the sooner we can begin again with God.

God’s love is new for us every day. Jeremiah said it like this:

“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” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

God’s love is great. He dreams bigger than we can imagine and more lovingly than we know. His mercy toward us is inexhaustible; His love never quits. Starting over with God is something we can begin any day. Today is a good day to start fresh again in God’s love, to relinquish the disappointments of the past season and rest in His goodness.

As we turn the corner into a New Year, there’s a reminder that we have new life available to us in Jesus Christ. Let’s relinquish relying on our own strength and choose His mercy instead.