Something New In 2022
That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 NKJV
Are you feeling fatigued and burned out, restless and dissatisfied; are you disillusioned with your life or health, marriage or family, church or ministry, job, business or career? If so, then you may be ready for something new!
Please understand that everything in the economy of life and nature has cycles, seasons and revolutions. For example, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night (Gen.8:22), old year and New Year, births and deaths. There’s nothing new under the sun. It’s only new to you, so how can you experience your something new in 2022? When the Scriptures use the word “new”, both Old and New Testaments, the word is defined as “a fresh new thing.” Thus, this begs the question: what must you do to experience something new?
First you must understand “that which has been is what will be, and that which is done is what will be done. There is nothing new under the sun” (Text). What we call new is old to God. E.g., birds flew before airplanes; Enoch and Elijah were engaged in space travel before NASA; horses and chariots transported man before cars and trucks; and, plagues and pandemics predate Covid-19 (ala, the 1918 Flu pandemic).
When God called Israel to repent, He also impressed upon His people the need for taking individual responsibility to change in order to receive a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 18:31). If you desire something new, is God asking you to rethink your direction in life? Is God asking you to change if you want to see and experience something new? I can remember a time when I was praying to God for something new to happen in my marriage, and God showed me that I needed to change in the then emotional and mental space that I existed, rather than assessing blame in the relationship. Once I decided to change, I saw and experienced something new in the relationship.
Jesus taught His disciples this principle of intrinsic change by saying that, “No one sews a patch of [new] cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9:16-17). Without you changing first, looking for something new is a waste of time and resources.
Religious beliefs, prayer, bible reading, fasting, etc. alone don’t birth something new. Whether you consider yourself to be part of the “circumcision or the uncircumcision”, without an inward change, you’re just too shallow to experience something new. What God demands is a new creation (a new you, see Galatians 6:15). Remember, Paul told the Corinthian Christians that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). A new creation is a changed creature, and a changed creature sees something new!
If you’re looking for something new in the New Year 2022, just know that nothing is new to God. You must first experience change inside of you and then you will personally experience something new; but you must change first!