In the middle of winter, 4 Bible verses to inspire fresh, new beginnings in our faith, right now.
Posted in , Jan 26, 2018
With the sidewalks coated with ice and dingy leftover snow piled beside the roads, I am already longing for spring. The department stores have begun putting out their spring stock with cute and colorful clothes for warmer temperatures and bling-decorated flip-flops that look way more stylish than my clunky winter snow boots. Gardening magazines are showing up in the mailbox, tempting me with the glorious blooms of the coming season. Vacation destinations have the nerve to start running TV commercials promising white sand and turquoise beaches.
All while I’m stuck in not-so-winter-wonderland.
But there’s something about a change of season that builds excitement in all of us. As spring nears, I will celebrate the jonquils peeking through the soil and welcome home the robins. But those new beginnings don’t just happen with the seasons. They’re also part of our faith and our lives. God says it best in His Word:
1) 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2) Isaiah 43:18-19
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
3) Lamentations 3:22-23
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
4) Revelation 21:5
“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’”
I’m so grateful that God doesn’t leave us in our old circumstances. I long for the new things He’ll bring into my life—the big dreams, tasks, blessings and things that will draw me closer to Him. When they arrive, I’ll greet them with the same enthusiasm that meets those first flowers each spring. I hope I will blossom just as beautifully for Him.