The Bible is full of stories about new beginnings and starting anew. God knows that living in a fallen world isn’t easy, and He understands that we will go astray and long to start over. He doesn’t hold our mistakes and failures against us but continues to lovingly guide us to Himself. When you read this passage from Isaiah, you can’t help but feel the excitement in God’s tone: “I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”1
God was telling the Israelites that despite all their failures, He continued to look at them with infinite love. Just like He had made a way for them when He brought them out of Egypt with Moses, He stated that He would bring them back from their captivity in Babylon and restore them to their land. And that’s exactly what He did.
God granted new beginnings for us too through His Son, Jesus: “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”2
In our life journey, we will experience new beginnings, which can mean a new job, a move to a new city, a new relationship, or even a new phase of life, like becoming a parent or grandparent. Some people thrive on starting fresh and the thrill of unknown adventures, while many crave stability and feel stressed when things don’t follow a recognizable pattern. But regardless of whether you welcome or dread the unknown, God has promised His support, encouragement, and strength for everything that you encounter in life.
- Isaiah 43:19 NLT
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT