Devotional For The Week Of 2/25/19- New Beginnings

I’m sure we all have a favorite season. I love warm weather and I’m excited that it’ll be Spring soon but Summer is my favorite. Although I’m not really a fan of the cold, I know that change is good. (Ecclesiastes 3:1- There is a right time for everything:) Whether you’re moving to a new place, starting a new job, getting married, etc, don’t be afraid of going into a new season, embrace it.

(Joshua 1:1-2- After the death of Moses, the Lord’s disciple, God spoke to Moses’ assistant, whose name was Joshua (the son of Nun), and said to him, “Now that my disciple is dead, you are the new leader of Israel. Lead my people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.) After wandering in the wilderness for 40 years it was finally time for the Israelites to inherit the land that God promised them. 

(Joshua 3:2-4- On the third day officers went through the camp giving these instructions: “When you see the priests carrying the Ark of God, follow them. You have never before been where we are going now, so they will guide you. However, stay about a half mile behind, with a clear space between you and the Ark; be sure that you don’t get any closer.”) The Ark of the covenant represented the Lord’s presence among His people as He guided them. It was apart of the old covenant, but now we have a new covenant that comes with the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16- Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you.) Priests no longer carry God’s presence in a box, now His presence lives in us and guides us into all truth. You don’t know everything, but thankfully you have the Holy Spirit in you who does and leads you in the way that you should go. He’s already been where you’re going, so trust His guidance.

A loving father wouldn’t hurt their child, which is why it’s important to understand how much God loves you. His plans for you are good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Isaiah 43:2- When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.) God is telling you “You have never before been where you are going now, so I will guide you.” Don’t be afraid, remember that change is good and embrace the new beginnings.