The start of a New Year can often be a depressing time and, perhaps, that is why some of us make New Year’s resolutions. It signifies a new beginning, a forgetting of the failures of the past year and a determination to make a new start with new goals to strive towards.

The Jewish religious New Year begins in the spring, in the month of Nisan. This month marks Israel’s release from slavery in Egypt and the beginning of a new life under the guidance of God as they journey through the Wilderness of Sinai towards the land of Canaan, (the same land that Israel occupies today in the middle east). Unfortunately, because Israel didn’t believe that God would give them the land, a whole generation died during that Wilderness journey until a new generation grew up that would have the confidence to go forward, with the help of God, and claim the land of Canaan for themselves.

Well, we are now in the month of February. How many of your New Year’s resolutions have you managed to keep? Perhaps we might be better off counting the blessings that we already have rather than trying to keep new resolutions! If the nation of Israel in the Old Testament had considered the blessings that God had promised them as He released them from slavery in Egypt, they would have been in the promised land much sooner.

Just like God promised His people Israel a promised land, so He has promised us a new Kingdom on this earth: not like the kingdoms of this earth as they now are, but a new kingdom with His Son Jesus Christ as king. A kingdom where peace and righteousness are the watch words, not greed, power and immorality.

So, let us make one of our New Year’s resolutions to read our Bibles and learn about God’s promises; a God who has promised that all who believe in Him and his son Jesus Christ and are baptised, will live for ever in a world filled with God’s glory. Now that is a blessing worth waiting for.

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