Summary: God waits to give us a new beginning, a fresh start. Maybe we're in the middle of a year, a hard year--the year 2020. However, COVD won't have the final say. God will.
New Beginnings—It’s Not Clichés.
Jeremiah was a man whose message of repentance was rejected, and despite his earnest prayer for his people, he was to witness the children of Israel being sold into slavery.. the city of God being destroyed and the Temple of the Lord being raised to the ground. He is rightly called, the weeping prophet for he witnessed the rod of the Lord being used to discipline God's rebellious people and Jeremiah is discovered lamenting the hopelessness of the situation, that he and a tiny godly remnant were experiencing.
Despite all the suffering, pain, hurt and distress that the prophet Jeremiah faced in life's school of affliction, the Lord was teaching him many lessons about the great faithfulness of the Lord and His never-failing mercies, which are new every morning. He learned the importance of trusting the Lord and waiting on His timing.. despite the distressing circumstances he faced and the human insults that had for so long been hurled upon him.
Jeremiah had faithfully proclaimed God' message to the nation, but their rejection resulted in indescribable tragedy. Nevertheless through it all, Jeremiah came to understand that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; and His mercies never come to an end.
Did you know that God loves new beginnings. Do you ever feel like you need a new beginning? That exactly how I was feeling not too long ago.
I was tired, and frustrated, a little disoriented spiritually, disgusted with some of the things happening in the world.
Sometimes you need to slowly read the Serenity Prayer about thousand times.
“God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
However, sadly, I did not have the presence of mind to do even that.
At first I ignored all these feeling and tried to keep busy. Finally, I realized I needed a new beginning. P.H
Again, God loves new beginnings!
I want to take Lamentations 3:21-26 and verse upon powerful verses, and look at these:
Lamentations 3:21NKJV This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
Lamentations is known for its sorrow, heartache and pain; However, the prophet Jeremiah decides to recall to his mind—
The mercies of God. The compassion of God, The faithfulness of God and the hopefulness of God.
Verse 21b…Therefore I have hope.
Does God have hope? He invented hope.
Here’s a fact—God hopes with every believer, God grieves with believers, God waits, God loves. God is committed.
Again, Lamentations 3:21a, AMP But this I call to mind, Therefore I have hope.
Believer’s need to be doing some recalling!
Fact—God’s been good, God’s better to us than we are to Him.
Psalm 130:7NKJV O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.
King David is saying to God’s people—Ole Israel, this I recall, this I remember, hope in the Lord; Moreover, wherever there is hope, mercy comes along and does his bidding.
Moreover, “He—the Lord, offers perfect, and abundant redemption, or salvation!”
One of the things I love about our faith is that God is a God of second chances, fresh starts, and new beginnings. —Matthew Kelly
2 Corinthians 5:17NKJV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
He or she is a new creation. God gave you a new beginning, a fresh outlook, a new perspective, fresh vision for the now; therefore, again, you are a new creation!
As believer’s we need a fresh outlook on this glorious salvation given unto us by a King, an eternal King, a King who has no end!
Luke 1:33NLT And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
The writer of Hebrews 10:32NKJV But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:
I say this with great confidence, that the next scriptures I’m going to read to you, were very costly scriptures to its recipients.
Listen to the reminder of Hebrews 10:33-35NKJV…partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
This confidence spoken of by the apostle Paul came through the avenues of testings—good, bad and the ugly. This confidence was birthed in the back, in obscurity, this confidence cost millions dearly. This confidence was fully paid for because of the blood of a spotless lamb— Revelation 12:11.