Which is more important? We all look for new beginnings, especially this time of the year but are we focused correctly? There is a new beginning to be had, kept, and is definitely needed. Unfortunately, we’re not focused on this beginning. We’re busy looking for beauty, health, and wealth, and these are good things, but these things only truly come in the eternal life.
Throughout God’s word people are given new beginnings and actually through these new beginnings they’re given new ends. The whole world started on a new beginning when God created the heavens and the earth and said, “Let there be light.” I hope reading this will give you a new beginning and a new light? Everything started wonderful and perfect. Then Adam and Eve thought they needed a new beginning but, as the story goes, that started the beginning of evil.
Noah is given a new beginning after the flood waters receded. Moses was given several new beginnings and from Exodus 15:19-21 we know after the beginning of freedom from Pharaoh and bondage in Egypt they sang, danced, rejoiced, and praised God. But like us they soon resorted to seeking health, wealth, and beauty, their own desires, just in different ways from us.
Even Job was given a new beginning after so much loss. He started his younger years of adulthood with everything. He had his health, a wife, sons, daughters, and so much wealth and then…ALL was taken away. Even his health was taken away, horribly. Job then went through so much pain and suffering, all from Satan, that evil I mentioned brought into this world by Adam and Eve way back in the beginning. But we know the rest of the story, Job never gives up or gives in. He stays faithful and focused on the one he knew gave him everything in the beginning. And in the end Job is given even more children, livestock and wealth than he ever had before.
Job 42:12, “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.”
There are so many new beginnings in the Bible. All of the apostles were given new beginnings when they followed Jesus. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Interestingly, everyone in the Bible who followed God and Jesus were given new beginnings. Can you think of any who weren’t? The key here is it was those who “followed.” What about us? What or who do we follow? Are we given new beginnings? Or maybe I should ask it this way, “When are we given a new beginning?” Jesus came and died for all to be able to have a new beginning, 2 Corinthians 5:17. He is the key to our new beginning and our never ending and the only true beauty, health, and wealth comes in our never ending, our eternal life. The glory of our sovereign God is our lives when we follow and start our new beginning to the end. The best comes at the end…
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but at the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
My hope is that we all will be focused on the end and that we too can be singing, dancing, rejoicing, and praising God.