Linger Not in the Past


Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Mal 3:6
Good News Bible (GNB)

“I am the LORD, and I do not change”. 

Isaiah 43:18-20 
New International Version (NIV)

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,


2018 New Year’s message invites us to ponder on four things in life. They are: first, time passes by; second, things inevitably go to corruption; third, God is immutable; fourth, linger not in the past.

But before we go to our reflection let’s have a little background on what is New Year’s Day, the first day of the year, January 1 in the Gregorian calendar?

In the Middle Ages, most European countries used the Julian calendar and observed New Year’s Day on March 25, called Annunciation Day and celebrated as the occasion on which it was revealed to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God.

With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, Roman Catholic countries began to celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1.

Scotland accepted the Gregorian calendar in 1600; Germany, Denmark, and Sweden about 1700; and England in 1752.

Traditionally, the day has been observed as a religious feast, but in modern times the arrival of the New Year has also become an occasion for spirited celebration and the making of personal resolutions.

The Jewish new year is called Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, and is prescribed by the Old Testament as a holy Sabbath. It is celebrated on the first and second days of Tishri (generally in September).

The Chinese celebrate New Year’s Day sometime between January 10 and February 19 of the Gregorian calendar. It is their most important holiday.


I.  Time passes by

Cannot be hindered
It will not return:  they may be laid waste or fruitful

II.  Things inevitably go to corruption

Cannot be hindered
Everything goes to waste, and nothing is saved

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III.  God is immutable

God is not carried away by the time
God holds the things: tangible and unseen
God stays forever the same:  His power, memory, compassion and all attributes.
God’s promises are reliable, they will come true.

IV.  Linger not in the past

Appreciate the present
Chart positive outlook for the future
Stay with God, he is making a new thing for individuals and for corporate situations.

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V. The Challenge

Which is the better option, to go with the changing and corruptible things or to stay and go with God, the immutable one?

The Christian Youth Fellowship sung a song entitled “Time to Change”  is dedicated to all of us for this new year.


It’s time for us to make our dreams come true.
A guiding voice will tell us what to do.
It’s a time to change ourselves and show the world.
That we still care for men and will lead them there.

We’ll lead them to a place beyond the sea.

A place of love where everyone is free.
Don’t despair the path to happiness is wide.
If we must change our ways call on God for our guide.


4 thoughts on “Linger Not in the Past”

  1. Hello. Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing and interesting information. 

    For me is the first time when i hear about this Annunciation Day on 25 March. I am a Catholic and we celebrate the new year on January 1st. After reading your article, I realized that I really want to celebrate these days in different ways. First of all I would like to see how it is with the Chinese, what traditions they have and how they manage to spend this holidays. I think every nation has something different and I would really like to discover this side. If you don’t mind, i will share this article on my social media accounts. Wish you a happy new year! 

    • Yes, Nimrod. We do celebrate in the Protestant Churches New year on January 1. This is for all Christians. We can celebrate New Year in different ways but the important thing is its spiritual meaning in our lives. How human can attune himself/herself to God’s will and purpose and this is what makes the time a memorable and meaningful in one’s life.

  2. Yes! The real Biblical new year starts in March. January is Janus, a pagan god who was then later presented as the first of the new year by pagans. Very good read! I’d like to hear more about your research around the days and weeks of the year as well as that it also very interesting and most people are unaware.

    • Yes, thank you Catherine, whoever of us will come first you can help me provide all those details.  It’s good to have ideas and contributions from other people when it comes to the facts of historical events.


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