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Gift Wrapped Week 1- Day 5

Lynn Bettes Gift Wrapped Devotional

“These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9

Are you ready for a new beginning?

The story of Noah is really a story about God giving humanity a new beginning. Before Noah, humanity was out of control & sin was everywhere. So, God decided to start over and recreate His world. He chose a “righteous” & “blameless” man, Noah, and his family, put them in an Ark, and then wiped the earth clean through a flood. When Noah comes out of the Ark and God makes His new covenant with Him and creation, you can see that God is giving humanity a fresh start. Maybe it will be different this time? But unfortunately, it is not (Read Genesis 9-11 to see).

We all want a new beginning. New Years is right around the corner and it is the time of year we all love because it feels like a new beginning. We make new resolutions, trying to recalibrate our life, only to often fall back into the same old routines and struggles. The story of Noah reminds us that if we are to truly have a new beginning, we need something (or someone) more powerful than ourselves.

The story of Noah points us to this new beginning. Long after Noah, God would send a better savior to restart humanity and creation. This man was truly righteous and blameless. And ultimately, He would become the one who would receive God’s judgement on our behalf on the cross and He would provide a way in Himself for us all to be rescued from the flood of sin. And when we believe in Him, we become a new creation, recreated in Jesus for God’s New World. We all want a new beginning. But a new beginning only happens in Jesus.

PRAY

LORD God, thank you for the new beginning that I have in Christ Jesus. May I continue to trust more fully in His work on my behalf and live in light of it! Amen.

FOR FURTHER READING
2 Corinthians [5:17]-21