In the last few months, I have talked about change, and how important it is not to resist it. When we allow God to make changes in our lives, we begin to see things in a new perspective. God is giving us a fresh start in life. Change leads to new beginnings. New beginnings give us hope for the future. It allows us to move forward from our past to live in the present.
In the Bible, God transformed many lives and orchestrated many events that led to new beginnings. In the book of Genesis, God allowed a flood to cover the whole earth to remove sin and give humanity a second chance to live righteous. In the book of Job, God allowed satan to remove blessings out of Job’s life to test his faith in God. After Job proved his loyalty to God and crushed the devil’s schemes, God blessed him abundantly for his faithfulness. In the New Testament, God gave Saul a second chance by transforming his life. Saul turned from being a murderer to a devoted Christian who evangelized wherever he went. God gave Him a new name, Paul, to give him a new start in life.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises for new beginnings. When we become a Christ follower, we are a new creation. Second Corinthians 5: 17 declares “ that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” God promises to give us new life through Him. Isaiah 43:18-19, He promises to do something new for you and me: “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
The Bible also promises us a fresh start every morning. Yesterday is gone, and today is a new day. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “the faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” We may struggle letting go of our yesterday to live for today, but God tells us we are new every morning through His mercy.
Revelation 21:4 gives us comfort to know that God wipes away our every tear. He sits on the throne and declares, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5). Let me repeat that: God is making everything new! In the same verse, He tells us His word is “trustworthy and true.” How incredible! God does not only tell us His promises for our lives, but He can be trusted to follow through with His promises.
Do you need a fresh start in life? Do you need to let go of the past to live for today? Do you need to make changes in your life to have a new beginning? I encourage you to pray to be renewed in Christ every morning! God’s promises stay true each and every day!