“I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.”
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For 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.” (Isaiah 43:15-19, NLT)
It’s 2020, and new things of all kinds are on the horizon! It’s a season of big changes for me and my family, as we plant a church and form a new community. I’ve always loved getting started on new projects, but it can be a little daunting, too.
Are you scared of the changes that are coming your way this year? If so, there’s good news to look forward to: God is for you, and He is working on your behalf to do a new thing!
Too often we forget that God only raised us up and delivered us in order that He could get all the glory. In order for this to happen, some things in our lives need to be made new. But what God plans to do in your life in 2020 may not look at all the way you expect. Are you willing to trust Him, believing that He knows what’s best? It’s a leap of faith for all of us!
Here are three things to remember as you believe in new beginnings.
1. Don’t expect your miracle to look like it used to.
God has done amazing things for you in the last season of your life. But He may not work the same way in this next season of your life. It’s important that we never allow our past to keep us from our future.
It may be that the miracles of your past don’t bear much resemblance to the miracles that are in your future. But that doesn’t mean God’s not working.
When my first wife, Ashley, passed away, I didn’t know how God could have a purpose for the pain I felt. But He kept working in my life, transforming my expectations into faith as He brought my lovely Brooke along and changed my life.
“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.” (Luke 5:37, NIV) You can’t take all the new things God is doing in you and keep putting them into your old ways of thinking, acting, and reacting. Something will burst. When God is doing something new, you have to let Him make it all new and then trust that He knows what’s best.
2. Don’t be more committed to a system then you are to the Source.
When Jesus healed blind eyes, opened up deaf ears, healed lepers, and raised the dead, He never did it in the same way. This was because He never wanted people to put Him in a box and limit Who He was!
Some of us have more trust in religion than we do in the God we say we serve. We may know of God, but we have no relationship with His Son Jesus.
God will always make a way in your life, but it may not look the way you expect it to look, and that’s okay. Purpose in your mind today that the new thing God wants to do in you is worth trusting Him for, even if that means the new thing is done in a new way.
All miracles come from the same Source: you can’t limit God.
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT)
3. Knowing how is not as important as knowing Who.
“How am I going to have a new beginning? How am I going to start over?” If this is your focus, you’re asking the wrong questions.
How your new beginning happens is not as important as Who is going to make it happen.
While he was in prison–a hard place in life–Paul said, “I know whom I have believed.” (2 Timothy 1:12, NLT) Likewise, Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)
I can say with complete confidence that it’s never a mistake to trust God and believe in Him. He is your way-maker, your strong tower, your deliverer, your peace, your joy, and your provider.
It’s a new beginning and a brand new day, so get to work and start looking for what God is planning to do next!