Do not remember the former things; move forward for a better New Year

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Do not remember the former things and hope for a better New Year. The Bible says “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

The year 2020 made its glorious entrance amidst joyous celebrations, but soon a deadly pandemic turned that joy into dreadfulness. While enjoying each moment of New Year resolutions, the world was reluctant to accept the truth and aftermaths of Covid-19.

Confusions, misconceptions, fear, hopelessness, social unawareness and lack of willpower gripped the whole world under the pangs of pandemic.

The irretrievable damage and havoc caused panic. Economic breakdown, unprecedented migration, loss of human resources and unemployment were the serious issues the world face today.

We have witnessed gruesome protests, unparalleled agitations, riots and violation of human rights during this heartrending pandemic. Political turmoil and religious fervor made breaking news in between.

Perilous situation

Year 2020 taught us to adopt a new lifestyle. People very reluctantly confined to solitude. Pleasure trips, family get-together remains a distant dream. People strive hard to overcome stress, anxiety and deep depression. Many precious lives were handed over to the merciful hands of medical professionals and looked to get the grace of God.

Still there is hope as committed researchers are relentlessly pursuing to develop an effective vaccine for Covid-19. All authorities are on the look-out to redeem the nations from the global disaster.

Now the shadow of fear surrounds the researchers because of the emergence of a new more dreadful variant of Covid-19.

Thanks to the scientists and dedicated health workers and volunteers who willfully sacrificed their lives to save the brotherhood.

This world may not grant us peace as we foresee the dangers of the perilous situation across the globe.

Signs of end times

But the Holy Bible proclaims, “In the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful and unholy. Men will be unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong and haughty. People will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-4)

Speaking about the signs of the end of age, Jesus said “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famine, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. Then many will be offended, will betray and hate one another. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the world as a witness to all the nations. Then the end will come.” (Matt. 24: 7-14)

In 2021, let us not remember the grievances of the past and march ahead triumphantly as God will lift you up in due time. Let’s be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility. God resists the proud, but give grace to the humble. “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time. Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:6-7)

God promises ‘mother’s comfort’

The Bible says “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isa.43:18-19) Many a times we fail to remember and acknowledge the goodness, the new ways and means, God has already prepared for us.

Prophet Isaiah says, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Even to your old-age, I am He and even to gray hairs, I will carry you. I have made and I will bear, even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isa. 54:13, 17)

God promises us that “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you: And you shall be comforted.” (Isa. 66:13).  Jesus says “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

Remember that God cares for you. So, don’t be disheartened of the past year’s troubles and sufferings, but believe in God and His words. He will lift you up in due time. Be of good cheer. God will comfort you and care for you in the midst of all struggles and problems. May the peace of God, which surpasses every understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts by Christ Jesus.

Wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. God bless you.

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