A New Thing

Do we sometimes think that things will never change? That things will continue just as they are now or have always been?

It might be in our relationships or marriage, our work and career, our study, our finances, the church or even the world.

If we allow this to be our mindset then it is easy to be discouraged and lose hope. When we lose hope we forfeit the possibility of seeing new beginnings.

In Isaiah 43:16-19 we read:

"This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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."

Our God is not limited by the past or the present. God reminds us of His power when we are about to lose hope.

When things look bleak or stuck in a rut, God can still part the waters and make a new way forward to where He wants to take us: individually, as a church and in world affairs.

God says to forget past failures, don't dwell on them. God can do something new and different.

Let's look for and recognise the new thing God is doing to bring us through difficult times to new seasons and opportunities. The situation we now see as a wilderness and dry wasteland, God can turn into a pathway to progress and waters of refreshing.


Peter Rogers

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