Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
People have long observed the beginning of a new year, though not all nations have observed the same day. Almost 15 hundred years before the birth of Christ, Israel was told to recognize the start of the new year in the month of Abib, depending on the phases of the moon. Today the Jewish New Year starts between September 6 and October 5. In the Middle Ages most European nations observed March 25 as the start of the new year. We, of course, observe January first. The beginning of a new year has long been a time to make new resolutions that are usually soon broken. It is far better to make new dedications to the Lord than New Year’s resolutions. The Beginning of a new year is also time to take stock, to recount the victories and failures of the past year. It is a good time to rejoice over past victories and to be thankful for past blessings. It is a time to reexamine and reevaluate past decisions, and it is a time to make plans for the future. Since we do not know the future, we should commit the future to the One who does. May this be a time of new beginnings and a time of higher dreams and ambitions for all who know the Lord.
Evangelist Louis Arnold (1914-2015)
Founder of CMRBC
An excerpt from his daily devotional book: