31 days ago we were all prepared to sign off on 2016 and embrace the new year with open arms (what choice did we really have?). We had already decided that the last year was ready to be retired and that this year was finally going to be the year that everything would come together. This year I'm going to lose that weight, get rid of that bad habit, organize my home, change my attitude and ________ (fill in the blank).
Well, now the first month of the new year is gone and I'm sure that all those things that were going to change have either done so or are well on their way. There's absolutely no chance that your gym membership is going unused, that you couldn't be found within 50 feet of a salad, that there are any stacks of stuff that need to be gone through or that your attitude is still right where it was (just a pinch of sarcasm).
So maybe it isn't going like you imagined it would. Just maybe you've already forgotten what it was that you set out to do in the first place. Perhaps you've even thrown in the towel and placed it on the heap of failed dreams and wishes. I am not trying to bring us all down, but I want you to see something that is very important as a child of God.
God doesn't go in for this new year or new month kind of stuff. God knows that you and I need help on a more active level than that.
Lamentations 3:22-23 "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
So, while you and I wait for a new year or "I'll get it next month", God says "I've made a way for you to get it right each day." God's mercies are new, each and every day.
I've done nothing to deserve it, and I've surely done more than my share to hinder it, but nothing can retard the arrival of God's grace, every morning. As sure as the sun is going to rise, God's got mercy waiting for you and me. Every morning we ought to say "Praise God, it's a brand new day; great is thy faithfulness."