By Pastor Nick Esguerra 

 Deuteronomy 11:8-9 
“Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land that the Lord swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.”


A New Year always opens an opportunity for a new beginning. We can liken each year as a new and clean book that as the old year ends, a new begins. What would be written on each clean pages depend on us. It reminds us of how God opens new opportunity for new beginnings no matter how well or bad the year ends. Whether our old life’s journal was full and there are many erasures on it, the Lord is giving us a new and clean journal to write with, a new beginning to start with.

Many of us enter this year with different emotions and sentiments.

 Resentments or bitterness of what had happened last year.

 Feeling disappointed – falling short of what we expected.

 Having doubts because of un-answered prayers.

 Fears of what would happen this year.

 Laden with pressure of financial crisis and debts.

 Battered with sins and weaknesses still present in us.

No matter what we have in our hearts today, God is opening new opportunities of peace, hope and prosperity as He open new beginning from our past experiences. We need to learn to number our days for once a day or year is spent, it is gone forever and we cannot go back to it again. We are being encouraged this year to resolve each day in doing good, being kind and pure for these shall continue to endure.

Let us not to give up dark despair if we have fallen in the past as it reminds us to seek God’s grace and forgiveness. This year God opens a new way for us to come before Him and as we repent of our sins. We need only to surrender our weaknesses and struggles to Him.

We need to be filled with hope that even we do not know the path this year may leads us, God walks at our side as we do His will. We can be assured that though days may be brighter or dim, we are called to do best our part and give the rest to God, for all things are possible to Him.

Deuteronomy 11 takes us to the time wherein Moses was reminding the children of Israel of God’s care before they crossed into the Promised Land as they began their new life there. He reminded them as they saw and experienced the mighty hand of the LORD their God, His outstretched arm, the signs He performed & the things He did in Egypt.

Moses called the Israelites to observe all the commands he is giving them so that they may have the strength to go in and take over the land to possess it and live long (v. 8-9). He challenged them to faithfully obey the commands of the LORD, to love Him and to serve Him with all their heart and with all their soul.

If the Israelites chose to do all these things, Moses reminded them of God’s promise of His presence and blessings as the Lord will rain on their land in its season, both autumn and spring rains. God promised them grain, new wine and oil. He will provide grass in the field for their cattle, and they will eat and be satisfied (v. 14-15).

In our lives, we are to do the same. Though the Lord opens a new beginning for all of us, we cannot help ourselves but to worry on what lies ahead of us this year. What we can do only is to focus on what God has done in the past and trust He will do the same as we obey His words.

As we start the New Year, let us hold on to our faith in God and trust Him as we thank the LORD for His faithfulness. Let His words today give us hope that even we do not know the path this year may leads us, God walks at our side as we do His will.