I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick. But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:16-19 NLT
God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah to the nation of Israel. He reminds them of the miracles He did in bringing them out of captivity in Egypt. Then God tells them to “forget all that”—sometimes we need to forget the great things of the past and stop dwelling on them because God has something new that He wants to do in our lives. Just recently I had a long conversation about a church that has asked me to come in and help them. They have had some great things happen in their past, but they have lived in those memories for years. They have not wanted to change the Bible they read from, the hymns they sing, and the way they do church. Sadly, the congregation is down to less than fifteen people with only one person below seventy. They gave up on anything new happening years ago. God told Isaiah to declare that he had “already begun” a new work. The work of God always starts in the spirit realm before we see any manifestation in the physical. We must ask the Holy Spirit to give us eyes that see His work. God has started some new things for your life. Do you see them? Have you spent enough time with God and His Word to get your mind in alignment with God’s way of thinking? God’s new thing will involve “pathways through the wilderness” and “rivers in the dry wasteland.” I believe God is telling us He will give us direction and provision during the difficult times of life. God wants to show us He is our Guide and Provider. If we will listen to Him and obey His Word, we will discover new paths and new provision. When I think about this, a picture of a trip I took years ago in Kenya comes to mind. We were in a vehicle driven by a local missionary. There were no roads, no trees, and no signs to mark where we were going. We were going to a remote village to get permission to dig a water well and plant a church. After a long drive we saw some trees in the distance and knew we were getting close to that particular community.
The missionary knew the way to go. I had to trust him completely. I sat patiently through the barren land knowing we would eventually reach our destination. We did. A church was planted. The gospel reached a new people group. What new thing does God want to do for you and through you?
Holy Spirit please open my eyes to the new things You want to do in and through me. Help me to have ears that hear Your voice.
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