From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. Exodus 12:2 NLT
One of the greatest things in life is the ability to begin again. There are countless success stories that tell the tale of the failures that preceded success. The German-born physicist, Albert-Einstein, faced many challenges in his life. Even one of his teachers expressed little hope for a meaningful life. His family faced many hardship because his father chased success and uprooted his family constantly. He was a high school dropout but took the college entrance exam. Interestingly, they accepted him based on his math and physics scores although he had to complete his high school education.
The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” That is true in so many lives and it was definitely true for this group. They entered Egypt as the guests of the Pharaoh during the famine. But, at some point, they were enslaved. Now, they were on the brink of a new experience; it was time to leave Egypt. Moses gave them instructions to follow. God was about to deliver the last blow to Pharaoh and He wanted them to be prepared to leave. Verse 11 says, “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover.” This was God’s time to deliver them. The new beginning didn’t begin after they left Egypt; their new beginning began while they were still living as slaves.
Look at what God can do! Their time of suffering had come to an end; they were about to enter new phase of life as a people. God gave them a landmark to remember this day; this was the beginning of their new year. Although, it didn’t change the world’s calendar, it was the first month of their religious year. God does not change. There are some things that are life changing in our lives also. Isaiah 61:3 says it this way, “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” Be encouraged. God is working on a new beginning.
Thought for Today: Friend, trust God for your new beginning.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.