“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Is. 43:19) I’ve noticed one change comes at the heels of another and then another—finally followed by the avalanche. Some of the changes are welcomed while others are gut-wrenching, even when you know it’s God’s will. We find ourselves searching for a new beginning.
Facing Sweeping Changes
Whether they are welcome or unwelcome changes, change can cause a whole range of fickle emotions. They ebb and flow with what seems like the powerful rush of a rolling tide. Understand this: The only thing that doesn’t change is God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever see (Heb. 13:8). Everything else is subject to change. I won’t recite all the words of Solomon here, but suffice it to say that “to everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under the heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1)
So if you are going through a season of change, how do you position yourself to walk worthy of your calling? How do you embrace the change that will produce more of the character of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit in your life—and perhaps in the lives of others involved?
New Beginning And Learning to Let Go
Keeping your eyes on God, who doesn’t change, is the critical first step (see Heb. 12:2). The Lord really is your rock, your fortress, and your deliverer (see Ps. 18:2). His hope is the anchor of your soul (see Heb. 6:19). When you keep your mind on Him, you’ll remain in perfect peace even amid the most stormy changes (see Is. 26:3). When you keep your eyes on Him, you’ll find that road in the wilderness and the rivers in the desert that Isaiah prophesied (Is. 43:19).
Next, you’ve got to be willing to let go of what the Holy Spirit is showing you to let go of. If you want that new beginning, then you must let go. When you let go, He’ll show you what to do next, just like he showed Abram what to do when he left everything behind to follow God (Gen. 12:1-3).
The letting goes part is probably the hardest part of the change process. The pull you feel to keep going back to the same people and things God has told you to leave behind is often a soul tie. A soul tie is a deep emotional bond. When David met King Saul’s son Jonathan, there was an immediate bond between them. The Bible says, “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Sam. 18:1). That’s intense. When you move on, sometimes you have to break soul ties, in the name of Jesus, before you can move forward full speed.
Pursuing the New Vision
Once you’ve let go of the people, places, and things holding you back, ask God for a new vision. What does God have next for you? I assure you He has a new thing in mind. God may even resurrect an old dream you thought was dead. You won’t see this spiritual vision come to pass overnight but with clarity, you’ll have the discipline you need to keep pressing forward (see Prov. 29:18).
During this transition time, pursue any emotional healing you need. We all suffer wounds from the words and actions of others, from the work of the enemy, from our own sinful mistakes, from disappointing life events, and even from doing the work of the ministry. Sometimes we have to suffer for Christ (see Phil. 1:29). It’s easy enough to get resentful, bitter, and unforgiving. But walking toward your new beginning means letting go of these things also. Be assured that God is using it all for good (see Rom. 8:28).
New Beginning: Final Words
Many men in the Bible suffered great losses on their way to greatness. Just look at Job, Joseph, and David. But all of these men endured the enemy’s best shot and took back what he stole—and then some. Each of them had a new beginning that brought glory to God. They persevered, kept their eyes on God, and waited on His deliverance. So, while you are enduring gut-wrenching pain, take comfort in God’s Word: “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Is. 43:19) Amen.