It’s a new year. January can be a time of new beginnings and endless possibilities. For some, it’s a time to make New Year’s resolutions. For others, the beginning of the new year, could mean starting college, a new job, maybe moving. Every new beginning we face is a step of faith because we don’t know what events will transpire. But when you look back years from now, what do you want to see? We can look at the future and feel fear, worry, or get anxious about because we do not feel in control.
The good news: No matter what change may come and whatever new beginning awaits us, God is with us always. Know and believe God has put certain things in your path and has given you various opportunities so He could prepare you for your purpose. We need to learn and trust God and allow these opportunities to grow us, develop us, and increase our faith.
Think of Joshua when he took over the leadership of Israel from Moses. That was a huge new beginning and change for him and for the people of Israel. When that happened, God made a promise to Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.” (Joshua 1:5-6, NKJV). Be encouraged – God is walking this journey with you. You are not alone through new beginnings.
Here are 5 things the Bible says about New Beginnings:
“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.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from the beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:21 (NKJV)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”