New Beginnings

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

The bible makes reference to different seasons that governs what God is doing in the earth. God makes mention in Genesis of seed time and harvest (Genesis 8:22). Solomon makes reference to different seasons and times for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastical 3:1). Isaiah prophesied to Israel concerning God’s plan for redemption and restoration. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19). We like the smell of new furniture and certain times of year, we look forward to changing the curtains and other accessories in our homes.

God is able to make old things new again and gives people many opportunities to have new beginnings. The concept of being born again suggests being made brand new and given a new identity. “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true”” (Revelation 21:5). God is always looking for opportunities to give us a fresh start. We are never too far gone down the road of a bad decision for God to redirect us and help us to begin again.

God specialises in taking something that is totally messed up and creating a masterpiece. Let us consider how in the beginning, the earth was without form and void and was covered in darkness. Yet, the spirit of God moved upon the earth. What seemed empty, out of shape, lacking substance and dark was a canvas for God’s masterpiece. We have to believe that God can make the difference in us and make us whole again. God does his best work when we are fully surrendered and still before him. For example, a painter creating a portrait of someone will need that person to sit still long enough for them to capture their image.

There are endless possibilities for what God can make out of your situation. Some days may be dark, lonely and tiresome. Rest in God and allow him to lead you to find rest and a new beginning in him. “Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 96:1)!

A.P.-Y.

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