Devotional

“ And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” — Revelation 21:5.

If you’ve been feeling unmotivated, uninspired, or otherwise ready for change, a fresh start may be exactly what you need. Maybe a fresh start will help you transition into healthier habits. Maybe you need a new direction, a new set of goals. Or maybe you just need a new starting point. Maybe you’re in the same boat when it comes to your spiritual life.  You need some spiritual spring cleaning. You don’t feel as close to God as you would like and you don’t seem to be enjoying the full Christian life that God has given us to enjoy. The solution may be a reboot, or starting fresh. 

Moses changed the world for the nation of Israel. He led them out of slavery to a new beginning in a new land. But before this happened, Moses himself needed a new beginning. He killed an Egyptian and went into exile for 40 years. But the Lord spoke to him and drafted him back to service. God gave him a second chance. God gave him, and ultimately the Israelites, a new beginning or a fresh start if you will. 

Have you ever wished you could start all over again, maybe in your marriage, maybe in your relationship with your children, or maybe your relationship with God. In a way you can, because the Bible says, “…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! ” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The good news is God is all about that. He wants you to have a fresh start in life; He wants you to have a new beginning, to do something new in your life.  Isaiah 43: 18 says, “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.” God is telling us to forget about what’s happened before because the book’s closed on it. God is far more interested in our future than He is in our past. 

You don’t have to be weighted down by your past. You can put it behind you.  Your life can become new and fresh in Jesus Christ. You, too, can have a new beginning. I love how the Lord effectively said to the Israelites, “It starts now.”

Maybe that is where you are this morning! You feel that you have made so many mistakes, you have failed God so many times and you have sinned it all away. Now God doesn’t want anything to do with you. You feel and believe that you have no future with God. The good news is, God is saying, “ It’s not over, I have plans for your life. I am about to do something new for you. ”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you need a fresh start?
  2. What chnages would you like to make in a fresh start?