Summary: Sometimes it takes big problems to bring us to a new beginning.

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As we enter a new year, we are hoping to prosper more than we did the previous year and often we are wanting to forget the many trials and troubles we had as well. The Jewish New Year is on first and second days of Tishri (September-October). Though it is on a different calendar day, it means the

same to them as it does for us in a couple of ways.

We not only see the day a a new beginning, but also it is a day of judgment for us. We look back and based on our perspective we resolve to do differently things of a worldly or spiritual nature and sometimes both. We will vow to quit smoking, overeating or go to church more, read the Word more, give more to the poor, etc. All our resolves last at best thirty days. Hence, we often repeat the same as we did last year and lament the failures and problems we experienced for another year because we try to do them in our flesh rather than seeking the power of God to overcome them.

Many things come into our lives that we do not expect and have very little control over. These are called tribulations in the Word. Others we have control over, but we fail to see how we allowed them to happen. I remember when my father-in-law developed emphysema from smoking many years he stated, “I guess I brought this on to myself.” Sadly, he was right and many things we blame God for or some other person or circumstance for when in reality we brought it on ourself.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The various troubles and standard vicissitudes of life will be with us until the Millennium and even what they may experience will change. Jesus said that He had overcome them so is we seek Him and His will we will experience the same things as those who are not believers, but we will be able to access joy and peace if we seek it. Without God, you will have a truck load of problems! You may also have a truckload with Him, but He will help you unload the truck.

Amos 4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Joe 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

Joe 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Joe 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joe 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

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