Don’t ask me how or why it happened, but I was doing some tests on Google’s suggestions in response to the typing of the beginning of a certain phrase (similar to this.)
I typed the words “I want a…” into the search bar and one of the results interested me quite a bit: “I want a… fresh start.” It got me thinking, why have a large number of people have typed that phrase into Google?
We know that a fresh start is something God has desired before, God destroyed the whole world with water, only saving eight people including a man called Noah.
I heard a sermon on Psalm 51 last week and have read it again since, it really is a wonderful place to turn to for assurance of forgiven sins, as well as for an example of what our own forgiving attitudes should look like. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Verse 10) David want a fresh start and when God forgives us, that’s exactly what he gives us.
I watched the film Funny People the other day, which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend — you can make your own decisions — anyway, the best line in it came at a point where the lead (Adam Sandler) had messed everything up in various ways and his friend decided to be honest with him:
You’ll never be happy, ’cause you’re always gonna be stuck with yourself! Unless somehow you can get away from you, you’re always gonna be miserable.
We all have problems, no one is happy with their lives, but when it comes to finding the root cause of those problems, we always point the finger elsewhere, whereas the issue is quite the opposite. We need to get away from how we are naturallym 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.” But what is it to be “in Christ”? Well, by nature we are all in Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:22 says that “in Adam all die” so we can’t be in Adam, so how do we becoming Christ’s? Numerous passages tell us that this happens “through faith”. So put your faith in Jesus so that you can have this fresh start, so that like David in Psalm 51 God can wash away all our iniquity and cleanse us from sin.