“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” – John 1:1-4 NKJV
The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to think about our past, and our future. As we think back, what brings us joy? And what do we regret? What would we like to do differently?
The Bible has a great deal to say about beginnings. John declares simply that “in the beginning was the Word.” The Bible also makes clear that this Word was Jesus. He was the logos, God’s revealed Word.
Through these truths, the Bible reveals a pattern that can apply to any situation: The key is to start with Jesus. To start with the Word. With this focus, we can know that our hearts and minds are in tune with God. That we are building a strong foundation. That He will lead and guide us, and correct us if necessary.
Many people say they are Christians, but fail to live according to the Bible. Yet, they wonder why they do not have the joy, peace, love, and power that God promises. How different their lives would be if they truly focused on the Word, and make it their foundation!
This year, make a commitment to read and study the Bible every day. In your life, make sure that you begin every day with the Word. As you have difficult decisions to make, fill your mind with the Word. Let it provide your standards.
The Word will give you wisdom, and will help shape your mind and heart, and give you discernment and a victorious lifestyle. And it will prepare you to receive more of God’s blessings, today, and every day.
PrayerFather, thank You for being with You in the past. I commit my future to You. Thank You that I can begin anew with You. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingJohn 1