New Year God’s Way—Hopeful Waiting for Restoration
I’ve shared over my last few posts that celebrating New Year God’s way should be different from what we normally do. New Year God’s way should be about a spiritual rousing. We should hear His trumpet blast and awaken from any spiritual complacency into repentance. It should be a time of awe-filled remembrance as we look reverently at the God of creation, The King of Glory, the Ruler of Mankind, the Giver of the Commandments and our sovereign, majestic, worthy God. Celebrating New Years God’s way should also be a time of solemn repentance for us. It’s a time to “cast off” our sin and the things we don’t want to drag into the new year into the deep ocean, never to be remembered again.
Isaiah 27:13 says, “So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown; They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, And shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”
The verse speaks about a glorious re-gathering and restoration of God’s people into the land of Israel. God is bringing His people home to worship him. He’s bringing His people home to restore them. The people will be regathered to the holy mountain in Jerusalem, that is, the temple mount where the Messiah will reign (Isaiah 24:23). In God’s kingdom on earth Israel will dwell in the land of Palestine as believers.
We have this same opportunity! May this new year be a time of watchful anticipation for the future return of our Lord Jesus Christ! May it be a time of anticipation for our glorious re-gathering to Him and the saints, with watchful waiting for the restoration of all things.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
Want to celebrate the new year God’s way? Hopefully wait for that trumpet to sound. Hopefully wait for Jesus return! Hopefully wait for the body of Christ to be re-gathered with Jesus and with one another. Hopefully wait for all things to be restored—for that “new year” to begin!
As you begin this new year, 2012, ask yourself:
- Where do I need to be spiritually aroused?
- Do I need some awe-filled remembrance?
- Do I need solemn repentance?
- Am I hopefully waiting?