24 Hopeful Bible Verses for New Beginnings in Your Life

Above my desk, scratched into a neon green Post-It is the phrase, “Always, we begin again,” by St. Augustine. It’s a reminder as I come into my office every day to work, that beginning again is a part of life. But God is with me every step of the way. New beginnings can be anything from entering into the New Year, moving to a new city, saying goodbye to your old job in order to start a business from home, to beginning a new relationship. New beginnings are happening all around us—in fact, God gives us a new beginning every time He wakes us in the early dawn hours. In fact, the Bible has a lot to say about new beginnings.

Should Christians Be Anxious about New Beginnings?

But sometimes stepping out in faith, going against the grain, or swimming against the tide of the culture can be downright scary, murky, and we feel like we’re buried beneath the darkness of, “What ifs.” God knows a thing or two about starting over. He also knows a thing or two about new beginnings. Look at the Old Testament and compare it to the stories of the New Testament. He created a perfect world and then, we humans made a few mistakes. But God wasn’t afraid to start over and begin again. Instead, He sent us a Savior in form of His Son. Jesus came so that we can have life and live it abundantly. And that is the beautiful thing about new beginnings with God. He reminds us in Isaiah 43:19, “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.”

He said this to the Israelites who had wearied Him with their fear, sin, and disobedience. Part of it is what He tells them in this passage, that He will provide water in desolate places to turn a wasteland into a fruitful land. He is doing the same for us, no matter what new beginning we are facing. God always does new things, or “He makes all things new” (Rev 21:5). He never changes, but as He reveals deeper and deeper layers of the truth, His people experience aspects of God and His salvation in brand new ways and depths.

Because of this, He firmly and lovingly reminds us we do not need to be anxious. He wants us to turn to Him and keep our eyes firmly planted on Him as He walks and leads us into these new days. He offers us hope when we are afraid. He offers truth when we’re second-guessing ourselves. He offers wisdom when we need it.

God also gave us the Holy Spirit is the difference-maker who enables us to walk by faith in obedience to Christ. The Holy Spirit allows us to abide in Him. In Isaiah 41:10 God tells us to not to fear. He says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” When we are tempted to fear, we need to remember that God is with us. God promises us that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). His Word also says that He will go with us (Deuteronomy 31:6). We do not have to face tomorrow or our fears alone.

God created us and He knows each specific fear we have. He created our inmost being and knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), which includes authoring every day of our lives, God says to his prophet in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

Because God created us, He not only knows our fears, but also the situations or new beginnings that may cause us to fear. And yet, we know He never leaves us to face those fears alone if we have put our faith in Jesus Christ. We can take comfort in the fact that God is with us always. And “if God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? If you are facing a new beginning, a different tomorrow, or you’re slowly packing up for a new journey, here are 24 Bible verses to remind you God is helping you walk through the door of your new beginning.

Bible Verses about Starting a New Journey

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

Isaiah 40:31: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Bible Verses about New Adventures

Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

2 Corinthians 11:26: “I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.”

2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”

Psalm 84:5: “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”

Bible Verses about Starting Over

Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Bible Verses about All Things New

Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Romans 8:28: “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.”

Psalm 37:1-5: “Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this.”

2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Ephesians 4:22-24: “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Romans 6:4: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

New beginnings are just that—new. It will feel different, it won’t be the same as before, but God is with you. He wants the best for you and works all things together for your good. If you’re feeling pangs of anxiety or are worried about the unknown, the Bible is filled with encouragement and is a great source of wisdom, foundational truths, and strength. Embrace a fresh start in Jesus Christ with the words of 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

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Heather Riggleman is an author, national speaker, former award-winning journalist and podcast co-host of the Moms Together Podcast. She calls Nebraska home with her three kids and a husband of 21 years. She believes Jazzercise, Jesus, and tacos can fix anything and not necessarily in that order! She is author of I Call Him By Name Bible Study, the Bold Truths Prayer Journal,  Mama Needs a Time Out, and Let’s Talk About Prayer and a contributor to several books.  Her work has been featured on Proverbs 31 Ministries, MOPS, Today's Christian Woman, and Focus On the Family. You can find her at www.heatherriggleman.com or on Facebook.  

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