Posted by: peebles | January 3, 2011

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) ~ In the beginning.

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) ~ In the beginning.  

It is very illuminating to discover that both the Old Testament and the New Testament (the beginning of the book of John that is) both start with the words, “In the beginning.” When you give your life to Jesus Christ and learn about Him, you start with a new beginning. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (Darby Translation), “So if anyone be in Christ, there is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”

Many people, at this particular time of the year, tend make a fresh dedication to read all the way through their Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Their reading plan could contain a schedule such as this: Five chapters of Genesis, then five of the New Testament, one Proverb and one Psalm per day. Or for some, it may be less or more, as the case may be, or as time permits, but more often than not people tend to start at the beginning.

There is no better place to start than at the beginning. Take for example, if you are reading an interesting novel, you never start at the end of the book nor do you start more than half way through it, you start at the beginning. For easy reading, God gives us two new beginnings to start from: one in Genesis and one in the book of John. One tells you all about God and His great faithfulness and power and also points to Jesus and tells you that the Messiah is coming, and the other one tells you He has come and why He came.

On a more personal note, have you ever heard someone say, “To wipe the slate clean? Or make a fresh start? Or even to begin again?” Only God can freely pardon, only God can truly forgive, only through Jesus Christ can you be born again, and become a new creation where old things have passed away and all things are made new, with a new beginning. 

You can make all sorts of promises at the beginning of a New Year, but maintaining them, well now, that is a different matter entirely. Each and every day we receive from God is a new beginning, a new dawn of brand new day; a day where His mercies are new every morning, for great is His faithfulness. As you start each and every new day, why not start it in prayer and reading your Bible, why not give God the first fruits of the day, why not start at the beginning with God, rather than at the end of the day when it is all but over? 

My friend, just as God ordained a time for things to begin, so He wants to have a new beginning in your life, with a fresh start to a New Year; a New Year full of new beginnings, a fresh start where old things have passed away and all things become new. 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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