DAY 21: NEW SURPRISE
January 28, 2024
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
18 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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.
God loves to surprise us with new things! How important it is for us to remain sensitive and open. There are ideas to discover that the Spirit of God whispers softly. There are solutions to apply, profound lessons to learn, unexpected scenes to enjoy, surprising discoveries to make. Be careful, the hasty and complaining soul can miss them.
The Scriptures are full of individuals who stood by and were surprised by God with something new and better. Old Moses, after forty years of tending sheep, stopped to see why the bush refused to burn (Exodus 3). To their surprise, the "chance" of an exodus was just around the corner. The troubled Jacob, like many of us today, finally confessed: “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!" (Genesis 28:16). Result? A personal transformation. The legalist Peter, determined not to eat anything "unclean," had a huge sheet of non-kosher creatures spread out before him and the Lord commanded him to "kill and eat" (Acts 11:5-8). That "chance" prepared him for a new ministry that would reach the Gentiles.
God still backs up this promise: I am going to do something new! It's already happening, don't you realize? I am making a way in the desert and rivers in desolate places.
The prophet Isaiah spoke these words to Israel during a time when they were in captivity. They had lost everything they thought they would keep forever. Because of their rebellion, they assumed that God no longer wanted anything to do with them. However, God responded: Forget the past. Regardless of what you have done or how far you have strayed, today I will do something new in your life! It is impossible to see where God is leading us if we always look back or complain about the present situation.
Your situation may be as hot and arid as a desert or as desolate and meaningless as a wasteland. You may be tempted to think "There's no way!" when someone suggests that things could change. Read this verse one more time. Does God lie? Are you an exception? Since He has been doing "something new" in places like drab deserts and winter wastelands for centuries, I suggest you be prepared. God has already set in motion a new direction and a new purpose for your life. Do you believe it? Will you commit to His plan? God is going to surprise you with something new!
Pray that God will surprise us with new things for every area of our lives.
Dear Jesus, I believe you are working something new in my life. Help me to recognize Your activity and give me a grateful heart towards Your mercy that never gives up on me. In the name of Jesus, amen.