Date: Tuesday, December 31
Scripture: Isaiah 43:15-21
Verse: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:18-19a)
We all have a story we believe about ourselves. Some parts of the story are very good. Others, not so much. Some parts of the story are true. Others are terribly distorted. We have all seen enough American Idol audition shows to know how some people truly believe their stories is about being a singer, and when we hear them sing we know the story they believe is incredibly distorted. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the friend who has been through a bad breakup and begins to believe she will never find someone to care for them, or the person who has lost his job and begins to believe he has little value. The stories we believe about ourselves matter because we tend to live into them.
Today’s reading from Isaiah was addressed to a people who believed a distorted story about themselves. They had spent years in exile, living as prisoners in a foreign land, wondering if God had abandoned them. Some began to believe they would never get out of exile. They thought God had given up on them and things would never get better. Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells the people he is about to write a new chapter in their story. Something new is on the horizon. Do not give up. The new chapter will include their return home.
God has a better story for your life than you have for yourself, and a new chapter is about to be written, and with God we know it includes restoration and renewal. Just because we have been in exile, doesn’t mean we will always be. On this New Year’s Eve let us seek not just to start a new year differently, but to begin to live into the story God has for our lives.
Prayer: Thank you gracious God, for giving me a better story to live into. Amen.
Action: Reflect on what you believe about yourself. How might you live into God’s story in the new year?
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