Starting Over

John Koedyker

READ : Joshua 5:1-12

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation . . . everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Nazi Officer’s Wife, by Edith Hahn Beer, is the gripping story of a Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by falsifying her papers and living as a German citizen in the heart of Germany during World War II. After the war, Edith couldn’t wait to go to the Central Registry to get her new identity papers. She was starting over as the person she really was!

For the people of Israel, the forty years of wandering in the wilderness was a detour. But now was a new day. It was time to start over as the people they really were. So Joshua has all the males circumcised as a sign of God’s covenant promise, and then the people celebrate the Passover together.

There is a parallel here for Christians. Through faith in Christ, we become new people. Paul puts that into words in 2 Corinthians 5:17 when he says, “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

How is your life? Do you need to start over? There is hope for you. God can help you make a new start today!


Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Amen.