18 Bible Verses for The New Year

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Whatever you’re facing, these Bible verses for New Year should encourage and prepare you for the year ahead.

New Year’s Day can mean different things for different people. It can be a time for a fresh start, time for a new experience or time to give something another try.

But it’s also just another day. There can be pressure to make it a special, momentous occasion; the start of a big new chapter in your life… Which can all be a bit overwhelming.

And actually, the Bible doesn’t say much about resetting at the beginning of each and every year (partly because they didn’t have calendars like ours when it was written). If you’re looking for scripture about new year, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything along the lines of ‘new year, new me’.

However, the Bible does have a lot to say about God’s promises, whatever the season. It says a lot about what our relationship with God should look like every day, not just at the start of the year. It also says a lot about grace and the gift of Jesus Christ. Much of this is covered below.

Whether you’re looking forward to the new year or not, here’s some helpful new year’s scriptures and verses.

Encouraging Bible Verses For New Year

Sometimes what we need, particularly after a difficult year, is some encouragement. There are many places in the Bible you can find this kind of encouragement.

We’ve got a few new year verses here that explore God’s sovereignty, His great love and His perfect plans which are better than anything we could imagine. We hope you find them as encouraging as we did.

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Lamentations 3: 22-24

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

James 1:17

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Psalm 20:4

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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New Year Verses About God’s Promises

Some of the most encouraging verses in the Bible are those that detail God’s promises. Whether spoken directly by Him or through the words of a Prophet, God has many things to tell us. And His promises never change. He always stays the same. He will in the New Year too.

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

1 Peter 1:3

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Habakkuk 1:5

“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

1 Corinthians 15:57

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Bible Verses For New Year To Give You A Heavenly Perspective

Sometimes we need to lift our eyes from our own situation and ask God to give us a heavenly perspective. When we do this, we often find we get extra strength and wisdom to tackle the challenges we are facing or that are ahead of us.

The Bible has many challenging lessons about not worrying and trusting in Him even when things are difficult. Here are some of the best verses on that.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Isaiah 40:31

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Matthew 6:31-34

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Psalm 90:12

“Teach us to number our days,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Jeremiah 17:7

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

1 Chronicles 16:11-12

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,”

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The Bible really is full of great verses on so many topics and can regularly lift our spirits and help us have a better perspective. We hope as you go into the New Year, you can take some of these verses with you.

If you’re struggling to make Bible reading a regular thing, be sure to have a read of our post on building a Bible reading habit. And check out the Glorify App which has daily devotionals and more.

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