Devotional

 “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” – 1 Peter 5:10.

It is very hard to get lost today. With GPS in our cars, phones, and even watches, getting lost and asking for directions is a distant memory in most cases.  One exception may be looking for an address on Peachtree in Atlanta since there are approximately 71 streets in Atlanta with a variant of “Peachtree” in their name. So you can expect some u-turns and some very confusing instructions from the computerized voice talking to you.  You can also expect that sinking feeling inside that says, “you’re lost!”

It is time for a reboot. You turn off your phone and restart it. When you restarted the program, re-entered the address and began the navigation again, typically everything will work as it was supposed to. The reset will often get you on the right Peachtree. 

Many times in our life journey we get off track. Through the busyness of life, the influence of wrong thinking, wrong people, wrong priorities, our internal sense of direction is confused. We end up wandering into territory we are not familiar with. Sometimes we are lost. What we need in times like these is a spiritual reset — a spiritual reboot that helps us restart, recreate, renew, restore, revive, revitalize, resuscitate or rejuvenate with God, His Word, His people, His priorities, and His heart.  

There are countless stories in the Bible where people must have felt stuck somewhere in the middle of their stories. Joseph: dreamed of greatness, sold into slavery eventually imprisoned. Moses: raised in the palace, condemned, wandering in the desert. Daniel: carried away by an invading enemy. Job: wealthy and content only to lose everything. David: giant-killer and hero, running from a tyrant king. In every case, they became stuck and felt like their stories were over or, at least they were forgotten. But in every case, it was not the end of the story. 

The good news is God is all about resets. 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. 

Your life can become new and fresh in Jesus Christ. You, too, can have a new beginning. “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22–23). New beginnings allow us to marvel in the joy of the Lord for what He is doing in and for those whom He has called by name. 

Discussion Questions:

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