The year 2018 is almost over and many of us have had different experiences during the past year, but no matter what your experience was our God can make that experience better. If 2018 was not so good for you, God can make it better; if it was good, God can make it much better! He's the expert on that. I'm sure, for all of us in 2019, God will make a new beginning.
Samuel's New Beginning
"The Lord does not see things the way you see them. People judge by appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
An era was ending. The first reign of the history of the people of Israel that began with great expectations was entering a stage of decline causing a deep disappointment. The prophet Samuel had been there the whole time in this story, ever since God sent Saul to his home to anoint him as king until he saw him go through heroic stages and important victories over Israel's enemies.
However, at the beginning of chapter 16 of the first book of the prophet we find Samuel crying and lamenting. A few days earlier King Saul had been rejected by God himself as a result of having turned away from Him and making many wrong decisions.
Have you ever experienced something similar? A stage of your life that you longed to arrive, an exciting start to a new "season" and suddenly an unexpected event or a wrong decision of someone else caused everything to collapse. How long have you been lamenting? How long have you been unable to understand what happened?
Today you need to know something: God has a plan for you, and a restoration strategy for your life. One day the story and the mourning for Saul ended: "Now, the Lord said to Samuel: You have already done enough mourning for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your jar with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Look for a man named Jesse who lives there, because I have chosen one of his sons to be my king."
Fill Your Bottle With Oil
I am struck by the words of God: "enough time." God understood Samuel's pain. In the last words of the previous chapter we read the following: "Samuel never saw Saul again, but cried for him constantly. And the Lord lamented that he had made Saul king of Israel."
God himself lamented what had happened! For a "sufficient" time he allowed Samuel to mourn but it was time to get up and walk again. Behind the words "fill your jar with oil" was the Lord letting his son know that there was already a new king selected, there was hope! God was not finished! He has the last word.
What we believe is more "incredible," God can improve without any problem! Nothing is so good, perfect or unique that the Creator can not improve and overcome it with something much better. This is our God. He opens roads where there aren't any, brings life where there is death, and makes new beginnings when everything is over. You need to fill your heart with faith in Him, take back His hand and stand up, because He has something new for you. The Lord sees things differently.
Samuel was sent to Bethlehem to look for a man named Jesse because one of his sons would be anointed as the new king of Israel. When the first son entered in front of Samuel - the bible does not mention if it was physical, intellectual or something more of his personal appearance - but the prophet believed in his heart that this son was the one!
But God answered him: "Do not judge by his appearance or by his stature, because I have rejected him.The Lord does not see things the way you see them. People judge by appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart."
What the Bible Says About New Beginnings
If we want things to go well and follow the course of restoration and reconstruction that we seek, we must let God do things his way. He is faithful in making new revelation unfold in your life.
Revelation 21:5 "And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he told me: Write; because these words are true."
God gives His people new songs of praise.
Psalm 40:3 "Then he put a new song in my mouth, praise to our God. Many will see this, and they will fear, And they will trust in Jehovah."
A new heart and a new spirit
Ezekiel 11:19 "And I will give them a heart, and a new spirit will I put within them; and I will take away the heart of stone from among their flesh, and I will give them a heart of flesh."
Open new roads in the desert and rivers in the solitude.
Isaiah 43:19 "Behold, I am doing a new thing; it will soon come to light; Will you not know it? Again I will open a path in the desert, and rivers in solitude."
A new man.
Ephesians 4: 22-24 "As for the past way of living, get rid of the old man, which is flawed according to deceitful desires, and renew yourselves in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, created according to God in righteousness and holiness of truth.He is able to create new heavens and new earth.
Isaiah 65:17 "For behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth; and from the first there will be no memory, no more will come to thought."
In Christ, we are all new creatures.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "So if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things happened; behold, all are made new."
You do not have to wait until the New Year for a fresh start, because His mercies are new every morning!
In His Love,