Which of us has never wished for the chance to start over? Maybe we’re in the middle of a bad day, or we’ve lost our temper, or things just aren’t going as we hoped. While life doesn’t come with do-overs, God offers us many opportunities for new beginnings in His Word.
Life is full of mistakes and things we wish we could change, and our Heavenly Father is gracious to offer us a new start.
Just when we feel like we’ve messed up more than He could ever forgive, we start a new day. He tells us that His mercy is fresh every morning. With Christ, every day is a chance to start over.
January is the time of year we often focus on new beginnings. But through God’s grace, we can begin again at any time.
What does the Bible say about new beginnings?
One of the most beautiful Bible passages about starting over comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
When we give our hearts and lives to the Lord, He makes us a new creation! Our old sinful nature and the wicked ways that used to define our lives, no longer control us. Our “old self” is gone, and replaced with a new spirit that desires to honor and serve God.
Along with the new beginning He offers, we also receive eternal life in Heaven with Him.
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Examples of new beginnings in the Bible.
The Word of God is full of people who received a new beginning from the Lord. These Bible stories are wonderful examples for us that show God’s mercy to His children.
In the Old Testament, we find the story of Abram and Sarai. These two people believed in God’s promise for a son, even as the years passed and they remained childless.
God called Abram to leave his country and search for a new city. He obeyed when most of us would’ve given up. God renewed His promise in Genesis 17 and changed Abram’s name to Abraham.
When he was so old that all hope of ever having a son was lost, Abraham got his new start and a new identity as the “Father of Many Nations.”
Has there ever been a more dramatic life change than that of Apostle Paul? He was a man who tortured and killed Christians, but God changed his life.
His new life began on the road to Damascus when God spoke to him. After he came face to face with Christ, his life was never the same.
The story of Ruth begins far from the land of Israel. Imagine a woman who was raised in a heathen nation, serving false gods. When she married Naomi’s son, Ruth was introduced to the God of the Israelites.
She left her former way of life and started over in a new country. Eventually, she fell in love, married a Jewish man and became the great-grandmother of King David, and was placed in the direct lineage of Jesus. How’s that for a fresh start?
How to start again and embrace new beginnings.
God offers us new beginnings in Christ whenever we need one. All we have to do is reach out and take the opportunity He offers.
While there is no specific date or situation required to start again, there are a few times that seem to give us great opportunities.
The start of a new year is a perfect time to start fresh and begin a new chapter. But the first month of the year isn’t the only time we move into a new phase of life.
A new relationship, a move to a new city, or even the start of a new job can encourage a new beginning. But you can start again at any time when you choose the new way the Holy Spirit offers. Start on Monday, or Thursday. Depend on God’s promises to lead you into a new beginning in Christ at any time.
Whenever you have an opportunity to change and grow, embrace it! Seek God’s wisdom and grow your faith in Him when life changes. Start each new season and put your life in God’s hand no matter the circumstances.
Bible verses about new beginnings.
Still need some assurance that God is a God of new beginnings? These are the best Bible verses that will encourage you in God’s plan for you to start over when you need to!
Letting go of the past.
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a desert? Or like your past just won’t let you go? God has promised that He can make rivers run in the wilderness, filling all the dry places. He forgets your past, and you can, too!
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Isaiah 43:18
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:13-14
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Trusting God in times of change.
As much as we wish we could control every part of our lives, that just isn’t possible. But God promises us that He has special plans for us. No matter what happens, He knows and will be with us. We can follow God where leads, even when we don’t see the way!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 2:22-23
Looking forward to Heaven.
We live in a fallen world, and it seems as if it will never get better. How wonderful to know that we are looking forward to a bright future in Heaven with Jesus–the ultimate new beginning.
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Peter 3:13
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:17
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 21:1
And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Isaiah 62:2
Free New Beginnings Bible Reading Plan.
If you’re facing a season of change in your own life or just looking for a way to start over, please know that God sees you. He knows if the changes you’re facing are happy, or maybe not what you wanted.
Also, know this, He loves you with a steadfast love that never changes. He offers a new beginning in Christ no matter what your situation may be. Simply start seeking the Lord and spend time with your Heavenly Father.
If you’d like to dig deeper into the fresh start that Christ offers, grab this free Bible reading plan. God’s Word is packed with practical wisdom and encouragement for starting over and this Bible reading plan will help you see His way.