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13 Hopeful Bible Verses about New Beginnings

Do you remember a time when you faced a new chapter in your life?  I imagine you can pick out several important times in your life that found you either excited or afraid of what was to come.  These Bible verses about new beginnings are meant to give you hope as you take that next big step.

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What Does the Bible Say about New Beginnings?

Does the Bible say anything about new beginnings?  It sure does.  God knew we would go through ups and downs, experience change, and seek guidance. 

He knew we would mess up and need to start over.  He also understood that life would hand us pain and heartache and healing would require a new beginning. 

Examples of New Beginnings in the Bible

One of my favorite stories is that of Naomi and Ruth and it is a perfect example of new beginnings in the Bible. 

In this story, Naomi and Ruth are not embarking on an adventure, they are mourning, struggling to move on, and grasping for hope. 

Naomi moves to a new land with her husband, Elimelek and their two sons.  The boys grow up and marry.  Sadly, both of the boys and their father die.  Naomi would have been left completely alone if it wasn’t for Ruth, who loved her fiercely. 

Naomi decides to return to Israel and Ruth begs to go along with her.  One of the most beloved passages of scripture comes from this book. 

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”  (Ruth 1:16-17)

God’s hand was in this new beginning and Ruth marries Boaz and has a son, blessing both of the women.

The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.  (Ruth 4:14-17)

A beautiful reminder that God can turn our sorrows into dancing (Psalm 30:11)!

Bible Verses about New Beginnings

When God gives you a new beginning, take it!  Hopefully, these Bible verses about new beginnings will encourage you and give you hope as you step out on faith.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

This is a popular verse, but for our topic, it is important to see it in context.  God is speaking to the Children of Israel about their upcoming exile.  He instructs them to marry and give their children in marriage.  He wishes for them to live a content life in their exile.

He continues to say that their exile is only for a short time and they will return and begin again in Israel.  They will have a new beginning!  Their punishment is over, they will be forgiven, they have hope.

Related: 23 Uplifting Bible Verses About Joy

Bible Verses about a New Year

Have you ever begun a new year full of hope that it would be better than the last?  I know I have!  When we face a new year or a new chapter in our lives, we can rest assured that God is with us, working in our lives and hearts.

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:18 NIV

God is working in your present and your future, always providing love as you seek His will and direction.

One of the Bible verses about new beginnings that come to mind is more about the seasons of life.  Wise Solomon includes this to remind us that we will go through the good and bad in life, but we are not intended to be “stuck” in any of them. 

As you embrace your new season or year, keep in mind that God in walking beside you when you are both in the valleys and on the mountain tops (and everywhere in between!)

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Sometimes when you are heading into a new year, it’s a good idea to have a verse to focus on.  What is a good verse for the new year you are facing?

Bible Verses about Starting Over

Sometimes we start over because we need to.  We’ve made a mess of things with poor choices and need a new beginning.  Other times we start over because that is the path God has laid out for us. 

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. 

Isaiah 43:19

Isn’t this an encouraging scripture about God making a way?  Keep your eyes focused on Him.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

Lamentations 3:22-23

Aren’t you thankful for that great love??  God’s compassions never fail.  He understands that we are going to sin and make mistakes.  He is ready to forgive when we come to Him in repentance.

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Bible Verses about New Adventures

When you read the Old Testament, it is easy to see that God is a God of new adventures! Think about Abraham.  God instructs him to leave his home and go to a strange land that he’s never been to.  And Abraham does, no questions asked.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.

He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.  (Genesis 12:1-5)

Are you being called to leave what is comfortable and familiar? 

Whether your new adventure involves a big life change or simply stepping out on faith, rest in the knowledge that God is working all things for your good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

Romans 8:28

Abraham experiences a drought in this new land, Naomi’s sons die, Moses strikes the rock and never sees the Promised Land; sometimes our new adventures contain flaws.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands. 
Psalm 138:6-8

We can rest in the assurance that God preserves our lives.  He sees our obstacles long before we experience them and he walks with us through them.

Bible Verses about New Life After Death

A Christians we have a greater hope of new beginnings.  We are new creatures in Christ, our old man is buried with him, and we have the hope of a beautiful resurrection after we have left this world.

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 

Galatians 6:3-4

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

God has given us such hope.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

Revelation 21:3-5

Are you ready to walk forward in the hope we have in Christ and the faith that God is in control and working all things for our good? 

Which of these Bible verses about new beginnings spoke to you today?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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