The God of Renewal
It’s March 1st and Spring began today.
While the calendar may slightly disagree it’s blind to the arrival of blooming dogwoods & jonquils. These splashes of color seemed to arrive overnight and my drive today was a feast for the eyes. I even stopped to take a picture of purple weeds just to celebrate.
Then somewhere along Hwy 425 God whispered, “I am the God of renewal”
My mind leapt to 2 Cor 5:17
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” http://bible.us/2Cor5.17.NASB
This is a beautiful verse about the transformation from being in bondage to Sin to being in willing bondage to Christ and I planned on it being the subject of my devotion this evening until during my study I discovered Exodus 12:2
“This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.” http://bible.us/Exod12.2.NASB
To give context, the people of Israel had been in Egyptian bondage for 400 years and Moses was delivering an ultimatum to Pharaoh to release them. God is about to reveal the last plague on Egypt that will be the catalyst for their release but He pauses to deliver this powerful message.
Allow me to paraphrase,
[Moses I’m about to do something so significant for my people that you are going to change your calendar. Today is the first day, of the first month, of a whole new life.]
Astounding then. Astounding now because God is issuing the same call to you and I today. His grace and forgiveness stand ready to do something so significant in your life that it will be the first day of a new life.
You may need to encounter the God’s grace for the first time or you may be redeemed and needing a fresh touch from God. Take joy my friend because God is in the renewing business.
Just ask the jonquils.
“Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection” ~Watchmen Nee