Astronomer Edwin Hubble, on 1st January 1925, announced the discovery of countless galaxies outside our Milky Way galaxy. The universe suddenly expanded. Earth became a smaller fishy in a much-much larger ocean of galaxies.

But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, O Jacob [insert your name], he who formed you, O Israel [insert your name]: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1 –

The God who made the entire universe with its precise co-ordinates, the one who names each individual star, that Almighty God uniquely made you. He not only knows your name but He also calls you to a life of adventure alongside Him.




Wilhelm Rntgen announced his discovery of x-rays on New Year’s Day in 1896. For the first time ever there was a screen grab of what things looked like under our skin. God always has the ability to see inside of us. “I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions” (1 Samuel 16:7 –

God sees who you really are and is not scared off by it. Personal reflection facilitated by, led by or guided by the Holy Spirit is transforming. The devil condemns us for messing up. Jesus convicts us when things need to be realigned and then restores us.




The song “Amazing Grace” was written to illustrate a sermon by John Newton on New Year’s Day of 1773. He was a slaver, a human trafficker of the worst kind – until he met Jesus. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst” (1 Timothy 1:15 –

Maybe you’ve done some things this year that you’re not proud of (and that Jesus would not be proud of). Nothing is wasted in the kingdom of God, even your worst mess-ups. Confess them to Him. It’s not like He didn’t see it anyway. He can use anything to build His kingdom – even your mistakes (just ask John Newton).




Cape Town is a sea of colour, music and revelry during Tweede-Nuwe-Jaar celebrations. This tradition stems from the time when slavery was still common practice. Slaves got one day off a year. They celebrated this freedom hard on 2nd January but then went back to being slaves from 3rd January.

The devil, who is not your friend, wants you to believe (and so live) as if your freedom is temporary. “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you” (Galatians 5:1 –
Jesus paid a high price, once and for all, to rescue you from slavery of sin – for you to truly live.