Faith Perspectives – January 17, 2018
By Scott T. Sharp, Pastor
First Baptist Church Nashville
As we embark on another new year, I want to say to you that no matter what we may have done during the course of the past year and no matter how badly we think we may have blown it in 2017, God’s grace and mercy are bigger than anything we might have done.
The Lord stands ready and willing to forgive all of 2017’s mistakes and He wants all of us to know today that no matter who we are or how old we are, it is never too late to make a new beginning.
If we will honestly confess our sins and mistakes to the Lord, he will forgive our sins, wipe away our mistakes and bless us with a new beginning.
In the third chapter of Lamentations we read these words: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.“
One of the great hymns of the church is based on this passage of scripture – “Great is thy Faithfulness” and the words to the third verse of the hymn reiterate the message of Ecclesiastes 3.
The hymn writer writes: Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth; Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow; Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
God’s love and mercy never cease, and because that is true, we can find new hope in the coming of each new day – hope for a new beginning – hope to make a new start – hope no matter who we are or what we’ve done. I’m reminded of one of the great heroes of scripture- King David.
God described David as a man after his own heart. Yet we know that David was far from perfect.
David made mistakes – big mistakes, costly mistakes – and guess what? God forgave him for those mistakes and gave David the opportunity to enjoy new beginnings in his life.
If David, being a man after God’s own heart, sinned against God and was forgiven by God for his mistakes, that means there’s hope for each of us.
If God’s man wasn’t able to live a perfect life and yet God still loved him, then the same is also true in our lives. We don’t have to be perfect in order for God to love us.
Scottish preacher George Morrison once made this statement: “The victorious Christian life is a series of new beginnings.”
With each new day comes the opportunity to begin again – to start over – to be better today than we were yesterday.
May the Lord bless all of us with a great year in 2018!