“ ‘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’ ” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV).
God had a message for his chosen people, the nation of Israel. His was a message of deliverance from bondage in Egypt through a sea-splitting escape from Pharaoh and his army. It was a message of God’s past glory, his present protection, and his future provisional abundance. Yes, God had a message for Israel, and although he reminded them of former things, they were to no longer focus on the past. God was ready to do something new, something grand, something only God could accomplish.
I believe God wants the same for his chosen people of today, followers of Jesus, believers in his truth. You need to hear his message today! Perhaps you are wandering in a wilderness of doubt and despair, and there seems to be no clear path out, but God is telling you that he will make a way for you. Maybe you’re in what can only be described as a wasteland, a barren space filled with skeletons of your sin, your regrets, and your shame, but God is about to refresh these dry places with a stream of his righteousness.
What if you truly are standing on a precipice, looking out across a land, a life, that God has promised and provided for you? What if you’re just one faith-filled step away, one prayer away, or one decision away from receiving what God has planned for you? I’d say to you – hold on, because God wants something good for you. God wants you to know that you are loved with a love that only he can give. He wants you to experience abundant life, both now and eternally. He wants you to know that you’re forgiven, that you’re free in this life and in the life to come.
Yes, God is truly doing a new thing! And, all we need to do is receive it by faith. May God bless you in your journey as you trust in him.