The New Thing
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 42:18-19.
God gives us new life through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “…shall you not know it? (Isaiah 43:19). Why does God ask this question after He announces He will do a new thing? God knows if we don’t understand, apply and practice verse 18, we won’t ‘know it’. The past continues to overshadow the ‘new thing’ when we continue to consider the things of old (regrets, anger, disappointments, jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, fear). Considering something is discussing it, thinking about it and being emotionally attached to it. The more we focus on the things of old, the more powerful they become. The cycle continues to accelerate and demands a repeat performance.
Faith is our focus. Focus becomes the channel of events that move in and through our life. Focusing on past negative attachments, allowing present circumstances to be in control and worrying about the future, weakens and destroys life. We are designed to look up and behold God (Isaiah 40:26). Behold is to pay attention, wake up or to become aware. We cannot get hung up on the things, circumstances or mistakes of the past and refuse to move on or we miss the ‘new thing’.
The Bible is full of imagery about being in the wilderness and desert. God will make a way in the wilderness (a difficult place). We will have wilderness even as the Israelites had theirs, but we do not have to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He will make a way through the wilderness as we turn our wilderness to Him.
When we think of a desert, we think of dryness and barrenness. A desert can be a place of confusion where there is no sign indicating ‘this is the way’. God has a plan. He is control and He has a purpose. Only God can make the rivers of life flow in the desert places in. Where He is, there the rivers of the ‘new thing’ are flowing.
Rivers in the scripture is the Holy Spirit (Psalm 46:6). God’s intention is for the Holy Spirit to be in us as rivers of living water. Rivers of living water speak about the abundant, life-giving powers of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like a mighty refreshing river. It flows with cleansing power, pays no attention to obstacles, creates new channels, moves great things and is the source of life. When we open our hearts to the ministering of the Holy Spirit, we become the ‘new thing’.
God says for the new things to begin, we are to live in the present, face the future and leave the past behind. Dwelling on the past creates a block to God’s power, freedom and peace. Until we wake up to the Lord and His Word, we do not know it. When we stop being controlled by past events, we will become aware of the new thing of supernatural peace with power to choose God’s Word. Because He is a God of new things, there is always joy, peace and hope for the future (Isaiah 42:9).
Isaiah foresaw the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4). We have the boldness to say, “I’m in the newness of life because of Jesus Christ. I enter into the holiest by the shed blood.” (Hebrews 10:19-20). The holiest is the New Covenant where we are declared not guilty. It is a new and living way which Jesus Christ dedicated for us. Let us rejoice in this privilege!
Let there be light in my life, reveal to me that God makes all things new (Genesis 1:3, Revelations 21:5). I am placed on earth to give expression of unconditional love, be my true self and fulfill what is written in my heart. I am a new, empowered creature in Christ and all things become new (II Corinthians 5:17). Thank you for freely giving me all things (Romans 8:32). I declare something good comes out of every situation (Romans 8:28). I believe all things are possible. I have what I say. Every need is met. Every desire is fulfilled. For every dream there is direction. Thanks be to Jesus Christ. Amen.