“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” ISAIAH 43:18-19
A new year is here. I have a message for you: 2017 will be different for you! You say, “Of course, it will be different – it’s a different year.” Yet, many are stuck in a belief that nothing is going to change for them. It is not God’s plan that nothing change for you this year!
I’m going to share some things with you today that will assure you that God has plans for you this year! Yes, this means you!
Let start out with this question:
What is a year?
The time taken by a planet to make one revolution around the sun.
The period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs.
These are scientific definitions of a year.
But, in Scripture, we can find much more.
In Hebrew, the word for year is:
The word shannah is linked to the number 2.
The definition of shannah is – the second, the duplicate, or the repeat.
God gives us insight into this definition in Genesis 8:22:
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
God has created a year in such a way that it is a repeat of what has already been – winter, spring, summer, fall, harvest – the rebirth of nature and the dying away of what was born.
So, a year is a “shannah” – a repetition of what has already been.
What kind of year will it be for you?
The nature of nature is to repeat. We are creatures of habit. We gravitate toward doing what we have always done: the same routines – even when these same routines are harmful.
So, will this year be a repeat of what has always been for you?
But, guess what! Shannah also has another meaning – the change.
How can a word be the exact opposite in its definitions?
Because, God created it that way! He wanted you to know that the year ahead of you can be either a repeat or a change.
The way of the natural is to repeat. The way of God is the way of newness and change. You can’t know God without being changed by Him.
His will is that this year be, not a repetition but a year of change!
Do you want to break out of the old?
What will the days yet to come bring to your life?
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Most of us would say that this scripture is telling us that our days are limited so it’s wise to take them seriously. And, that is partially true. In Hebrew, the word “number” is:
This word is used in the book of Jonah where it is written that God manahs a fish, a worm, and a wind.
So, manah must have another meaning. It also means – to prepare, to purpose, to appoint.
You are not to just watch and wait passively to see what your days will bring.
You are to prepare them!
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the days didn’t just happened, they were prepared by God. He appointed them to their purpose by speaking His will over them.
You are to do likewise – you are to pray over your days and appoint them to God’s will!
You are not trying to control you days – you are preparing them and appointing them in God to bring to you what is God.
Don’t let your days determine your life. Let your life determine your days.
Consecrate your days for the purposes of God. Align them with His will. Prepare them to be vessels of life and blessing. Prophetically appoint them to God’s plan. Use them to accomplish His purposes!
The shannah and the manah are gifts to me from God!
Manah your days so that this shannah can bring newness of life to you!