Starting a new chapter is scary.
Moving into that new job or moving to a new city can bring with it feelings of anxiety and uneasiness.
Not to mention being forced to move on past feelings of hurt or the loss of a loved one.
As you try to navigate the unknown this upcoming year, here are some Bible verses about new beginnings to bring you hope.
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What Does The Bible Say About New Beginnings?
The Bible is quite an interesting book to read!
As you read the Bible, you are reminded that Bible characters were people just like me and you who experienced hurt and had messy lives too.
They too struggled with starting a new. If you are struggling with anxiety and feelings of uneasiness about what the future might hold, know you are not alone.
The Bible does speak to new beginnings. Here are several examples of new beginnings in the Bible along with Bible verses about new beginnings.
Examples of New Beginnings in the Bible
When I think of New Beginnings in the Bible, the story of Manasseh comes to mind.
Hezekiah’s son Manasseh became King at just 12 years old. He reigned over Jerusalem as King for 55 years.
Unlike his father Hezekiah, he did what the Lord said was wrong.
Manasseh rebuilt the altars his father had originally broken down and built altars for Baal Gods and made Asherah idols.
He bowed down to the stars and worshiped them. Manasseh also built altars for the false Gods in the Temple of God. He even burned his sons as sacrifices and practiced magic and witchcraft. He went as far as seeking advice from mediums and fortune-tellers.
The ways of Manasseh made the Lord very angry, so the Lord made the Assyrian army attack Judah and Manasseh was captured and taken as a prisoner in Babylon. Throughout his suffering in Babylon, he realized his need for a change. He became sorry for all that he had done and he prayed to God.
Manasseh repented and God restored him to become King of Judah. A King that did more evil than the nations that the Lord had destroyed ahead of the Israelite’s did a complete 180, leading the people of Judah to serve and seek after Christ. You can read the full story of Manasseh in 2 Chronicles 33: 1- 20
How to Embrace New Beginnings
Change isn’t easy, and for many people, it brings with it feelings of anxiety once routines change. Here are some ways you can embrace starting a new chapter in your life.
Embrace a Blank Slate
Here is the opportunity for a fresh start. In stead of constantly dwelling in the past, start painting a new script.
In the book of Ruth, we read about 3 lead female characters, one of which is Ruth. Ruth’s husband died, as such her mother in law encouraged her to go back home to her mothers house. Despite the fact that these women were likely struggling as well as mourning their loss, Ruth did the complete opposite. Here is what Ruth said instead:
“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” Ruth 1:16-17 KJV
So together they headed to the town of Bethlehem. Ruth’s story doesn’t end here though, as we eventually see Ruth getting married to a rich man named Boaz (quite the love story) and they later had a son named Obed.
When we are going through our struggles, it can be hard to look pass our struggles and pain to see any ray of sunshine that might be present in our lives. While we seldom welcome change, it just might be the start of the silver lining that you have been praying to God for.
Practice Purposeful Praise
This is hard, practicing purposeful praise. How can you rejoice when your loved one passes away suddenly? How do you manage to praise through the struggles and pain?
I am not gonna pretend I have the answers as I don’t. But, I am reminded of a bible character Job who went through a similar ordeal.
In one sweep he lost all his wealth and his seven sons and three daughters. In a span of a few minutes, he kept hearing one bad news after the other. Instead of cursing God, here is what he said.
“ And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:21-22 KJV
OMG I just love Job’s response here and it speaks to the relationship he had with God.Instead of choosing to curse God and question why me God, Job practiced purposeful praise. God had blessed him all these years. Why should he only be thankful to God for the goods things and not also the bad? In the end God restored Job, rewarding his faithfulness to him.
Rely on God’s Grace
Like gold, the fire – the struggles that we go through serves to refine us. Sometimes God allows certain problems in our lives to keep us on our knees and seek out a relationship with him.
If you have been with us for a while, you know I am a big fan of the book The Lipstick Gospel. I especially think its a good read for young adults. Stephanie recounts her story of seeking after things of the world. Then the guy she thought she would eventually marry suddenly decided to end their relationship totally breaking her heart. Throughout the heartbreak and pain that she experienced, she emerged with a new beginning. A newly found relationship with Christ, plus an interesting twist at the end.
It might be hard to see past your pain and struggles right now and that’s totally OK. That new beginning that you are embracing, know that you are not alone. In Romans we are reminded that:
“ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:35-37
Bible Verses About New Beginnings
Let’s dive into some Bible verses about new beginnings. These new beginnings scriptures have all been taken from the King James Version.
Bible Verses About A New Year
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Following the desires of our heart can often lead us astray. The heart is deceitful above all things. In all that we do we should allow the Lord to guide our steps.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
We know not what the future holds but we know he who holds the future in his hands and he wants to give us life and life more abundantly.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Christ is our tour guide, he has walked this path before us and knows the way. We should trust that he will guide us safely through as he has been through similar struggles and desires for us to also be overcomers.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.“Psalms 51:10
This was the cry of David after his fall with Bathsheba. Like David, let us recognize that we are all sinful beings, as we head into a new year, let us endeavor to ask God to remove sin from our lives and make us more like him.
“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37:5
As you make plans this new year, bring your plans to God. If it is according to his will, he will give you the desires of your heart.
Bible Verses About Starting Over
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Regardless of what struggles you might be going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find rest in the Lord!
“It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
We have the opportunity each and every day to start a new because of the mercies of God. To write each wrong, mend broken relationships and start a new.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
No need to dwell on your past sins and mistakes, instead look to a new start made possible through Christ
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
As followers of Christ, we look to him as our role model. The life you now live is representative of him. Christ gives you the strength and ability to follow him.
Bible Verses About New Adventures
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.“Psalms 91:11
No need to be anxious, the Lord has commissioned his angels to watch over you and guide you day by day.
“And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.” Judges 18:5
We tend to ask God for help but instead of waiting for a response we ask him to put his stamp of approval on what we want. Then, when things go sideways, we once again come pouring our hearts out to God asking him to fix things for us. In whatever we do, we should strive to seek counsel from God first, he knows the future and whats best for us.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.: Isaiah 55:8-9
” Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:24-26
What are some of your favorite go to scriptures on new beginnings when it comes to embracing a new beginning in your life?