Behold, I am going to do something new, now it will spring up; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19
To a nation that had known nothing but bad news and despair, Isaiah’s words from the Lord must have felt like a cool breeze on a hot day. As with Israel, “life” for us all can get a bit overwhelming, and the promise of a new day is all the hope we have. The assurance we have from the Scriptures (that God is sovereignly at work) is often all that makes the trials worthwhile or, at least, endurable.
Even though the Lord may be doing “something new,” there will always be those who struggle to see it. Some are simply blinded by their fear. Like a kid on a roller coaster, they tightly shut their eyes against what they perceive to be an impossible, frightening turn. No matter how much we may try to convince them that it is safe and fun, they just refuse to trust, at least until we arrive. Of course, then like the rest of us, they get back in line because they cannot wait to ride again!
According to the apostle Paul, we who believe are being transformed (changed) with ever-increasing glory into the likeness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This can only mean that “new” is a normal occurrence for a child of God. May we not only be aware of it, but also expectantly embrace it today and all the days to come.
The prospects are bright as the promises of God. – Adoniram Judson