OURS IS A GOD OF NEW BEGINNINGS

OURS IS A GOD OF NEW BEGINNINGS

It’s New Year’s Eve! We are on the cusp of a new beginning, the start of what is possibly the best year we have ever had. And at this time, preparations are well underway, all across the globe, for what is the most universally celebrated day in the whole year. It’s true, isn’t it? There is no other day that is more celebrated by people across the world, regardless of race, language or religion, than New Year’s.

But why is that? What is it about new beginnings that is so attractive to the human psyche? That’s not a very difficult question, is it? Hope. A new beginning is an opportunity to start afresh, be rid of past mistakes and uncouple past burdens. Though hitting the proverbial ‘reset button’ on our lives is more a psychological exercise than a practical one, it still goes a long way in raising spirits.

So, what new beginning are you hoping to have? What burdens are you hoping to uncouple from your life? What pieces of baggage are you hoping to leave behind in life’s train station? What resolutions are you making?

While you are pondering those ‘life changing’ questions, I’ve got another one for you. Did you know that our Father is also a God of new beginnings? Even though the desire for new beginnings is primarily a human construct, spawn from our propensity to mess things up; our Father’s love for us has also made Him take on this desire for new beginnings. But for Him, it’s not about creating new beginnings for Himself, but rather giving us new opportunities to put down the mistakes in our lives and restart our lives afresh. Let me show you what I mean.

During the time of Noah, “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7

Man messed up. So what did God do? He sent the flood to wipe out all the evil that was in the world. And after He had ‘hit the reset button’,

“…Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.” Genesis 5:21

Now, after He had done that, this was what He told Noah to do.

“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.” Genesis 9:1-2

And, if you find these words familiar, it is because this was the same command given to Adam and Eve.

“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

Man messed things up, but God set it right, and we got a new beginning.

Now this was not a ‘one off’ for God. For we are assured of a new beginning as well in the book of revelation.

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” Revelation 21:1-4

So as you look around you at the world today and marvel at just how thoroughly man is messing things up, know that God is not done. He still has one great ‘reset’ to go.

You know beloved, these are not the only examples of ‘new beginnings’ in the Bible. In fact, the more you read the Bible, the more you will realize that our Father has developed quite a habit of giving new beginnings, which grew in tandem with our increasing propensity to mess up all that He has given us.

And of all the new beginnings that He has given us, there is none more costly to Him; and none more beautiful, more precious, more meaningful and more impactful to us than this;

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we who believe can not only be made clean and righteous in our Father’s eyes, we who believe have now become children of God, for

“…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

And to top it all off, all this was God’s will, not man’s will.

The best refresh of your life came when you accepted Jesus as your savior. For the things that He set right on that day, the burdens that He lifted off from your shoulders, no amount of New Years’ can ever replace.

For indeed, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

So what does God have in store for you? What new beginning is He going to give you? Well, here it is.

“Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,…
“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.
The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.”” Isaiah 43:16,18-20

If you are looking for a new beginning, then forget all that has happened. Forget the pain, forget the sorrow; forget the heartbreak and forget the distress. For you are looking forward to a road in your wilderness and rivers in your desert.

If you have been going through a particularly rough patch in your life; if you have been experiencing ‘dry spells’ in your finances, career or relationships, our Father is going to make a road in your wilderness and lead you out of it.

You are not going to be lost anymore. You are not going to wander around aimless and hopeless. In the same way that He paved the way for Israel to get out of Egypt, through the wilderness and into the land of Canaan; He is going to give you a road, put you on a plan that will get your out of your wilderness and into the land that He has purposed you to dwell in.

And while you are on the way, He is going to make rivers spring out in the middle of your desert; make provision and sustenance flow from the very places where you never thought possible, so that you will always feel refreshed and energized.

But you know what, beloved? Our God is also no respecter of calendars. The only timetable He has is His own. Indeed, when asked when the end of the age will be, Jesus answered,

“But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 [AMP]

So don’t presume God to only grant new beginnings at the start of each calendar year. For indeed,

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 [ESV]

When trials come, when difficulties raise their ugly head, know that

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 [NKJV]

His mercies are new every morning. And because of Jesus and what He has done for you, ever day can be a fresh start for you, if only you want it. For indeed,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

So as we look forward to tomorrow, let us look for the road that He built to lead us out of our wilderness; and the streams in our desert to refresh us; and know that our Father is working to create something new for us each and every day of our lives.

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