The God of New Beginnings

God is the Creator and Appointer of time! Nothing slips by Him and nothing is a surprise. Two days ago we discovered that God Himself declared New Year’s Day…and it isn’t January 1! Nor is it Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish civil new year. New Year’s Day, according to Exodus 12, was two days ago! Then, yesterday, we discovered that God arranges and rearranges time to accomplish His purposes! He is the Maker and Controller of time!

But there is something very special for us to contemplate today. Consider the Hebrew phrase Rosh Chodesh, which means “head of the month.” Chodesh originates from the Hebrew root word, chadash, meaning “new.” Because the Hebrew calendar is primarily lunar, each new moon brings a new month. “Newness” is repeated every 29-30 days and a new chodesh begins with a new moon!

Now, consider this:

Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

~Numbers 10:10

God’s intent was that His people would blow trumpets over burnt offerings and peace offerings, and celebrate a memorial before Him. He wanted every month to be a new beginning…a celebration…a cause for rejoicing!

Likewise, God plans new beginnings for us! That’s why we have years, months, days and hours! In them all, we have new opportunities to “blow trumpets” and celebrate!

Furthermore, look carefully at the final phrase of that verse: I am the Lord your God! When our eyes are focused on Him, and when we acknowledge with our lives that He is, indeed, Lord, we reap the most from new beginnings!

Are you discouraged by the things of this world? Blow the trumpet! Do circumstances of life get you down? Offer sacrifices of praise! Are you on the verge of giving up on a dream? Every day…every hour…is a new beginning! Whatever hinders you can be overcome!

Above all, He desires that we see Him and know Him as our God! On this earth, we are bound by time. But we serve the Creator and Sustainer of time and everything it encompasses! Press fully into the the Lord your God and make every moment one of praise!

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