Who does not like a new beginning? Everybody likes to have a fresh start. It could be a new job, new project, new home, new car, new gadgets, or a new location to settle down. Political parties are looking for a new leader, nations are looking for a new king or a new President, and corporations are looking for new strategies. The business world is looking for new products; overall, every sector of this world, irrespective of age – kids, teens, youth, or adults, is eagerly looking for a new beginning. Right now, while you are reading this, I believe you also wish for a New Beginning. The year 2020 has tremendously changed the world; it was full of struggles, pains, sorrows, doubts, and turned the world upside down. Some of us lost our hope and dreams. Some said it was the year of destruction or the year of judgment.
Dear readers, we are not called to believe what the world says. We are called to believe what the word of God says. In John 5:1-8, we read about a sick man by the Pool of Bethesda. He had been sick for thirty-eight years, and Jesus saw him lying there. Jesus knew that he was lying there for many years. He asked him, “Would you like to be healed? The question that Jesus asked was indeed remarkable. Jesus could have asked other questions related to his life. It was a time for the sick man to say “Yes” or “No”. The sick man’s future life was based on his answer. He is a man who lost hope, a man who lost his dreams, a man who became weak, or in other words, a man who lost his best 38 years. These years did not bring any changes. He was in the same location, same people, same circumstances, and he was helpless. I like the reply that he said, “Sir, I have no one.” It shows his willingness to change; it shows his desire to move out of the current situation.
Now, these might be your thoughts too. I have no one; I have lost my 20,30, 40, 50,60 years in my job, family, ministry, etc. Now Jesus is asking you, “Would you like to be healed?” – Would you like to have a New Beginning? Jesus was not concerned about his past, but He was concerned about his present and his future. The God, who created the Heavens and the Earth with words from His mouth, is here to create a New Beginning for you and me. Let me conclude with Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Open your hearts and pray to the Lord for a New Beginning in your personal, spiritual, or professional life. Trust God, and you will see it today.
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