“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing. Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 AMP
I love this verse so much because it holds such a powerful message for saints. God tells us His plan to do something new and then gives us the timeline for it. It doesn’t spring forth in the nearest future, but now. It is a portion of scripture that assures us of great and beautiful things God has planned out for us. However, there are a few things we must understand about this new thing God has purposed to do. Today’s blog post explains that.
A new thing is life-changing.
There is a reason why a desert is called a desert. Once a desert begins to have rivers, it cannot be called a desert again. God is telling you in Isaiah 43:19 that He is about to do something that would change your life for the better.
It must have been a surreal moment for Joseph when he heard that Pharaoh was looking for him. He went from being a prisoner to becoming second-in-command in just one day. For him, it had been the same old thing: disappointment. But when God did a new thing for him, he was appointed to a position he couldn’t have imagined (Gen. 41). That’s what God is saying about this new thing He is about to do. It will be something almost too good to be true, something to turn your story for the better. (Psalm 126:1-3)
A new thing is something seemingly impossible.
What God is doing is making a way in a place where there is no way. There is no path in the wilderness because it has not been treaded upon consistently by people. But God says “look, I’m making a road here”. Not a path, but a road. Awesome!
One revelation of this is in the salvation story of mankind. When man fell in the Garden of Eden, it seemed like a sealed fate (Gen. 3). I mean, God had already made it clear that if they disobeyed Him, they would die. But then He went ahead to make a way in that wilderness. In the midst of the judgment, He pronounced the plan for salvation (vs. 15). He predicted the birth of Jesus Christ and how He would deal a death blow to the enemy, giving us eternal victory. The new thing done here is the new life we hence receive by believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). It seems impossible, maybe even foolish that man would be saved by something as simple as that. But God makes it clear that His “foolishness” is wiser than our wisdom (1 Cor. 1:18-25).
A new thing is obvious.
This scripture brings into perspective, how obvious this new thing God is doing will be. It’s difficult to spot a new spring in a riverine area but when there is a river springing up in a desert, it becomes even a cause for attraction. God is saying He is doing something impossible to hide, something to draw attention to you, that men may glorify Him. God’s blessings are always evident. The reason why He tells us that He who sees our prayers in the secret will reward us in the open (Matt. 6:6). God doesn’t hide His blessings in our lives.
Yet, the scripture says “will you not be aware of it?” That means it is possible for this new thing God has purposed for us to be in existence and we are not aware, not that it is hidden, it’s just that we are not sensitive to it.
How so? To discover this new thing that the Lord is doing, you must let go of the past. This includes past victories, losses, passions, and mistakes. This is common knowledge, even in the secular world. Anyone still holding on to the passions of the world, cannot enjoy the advantages of the kingdom of God. Holding on to past mistakes would only make us feel condemned. Past victories won’t help us see bigger and past losses would make us feel unworthy of this new thing the Lord God Almighty is doing. There is a saying that when we hold on to our past, we would keep looking back and that can hamper our progress. I couldn’t agree more. That is why Apostle Paul said he leaves the things that are behind and presses forward (Philippians 3:13-14).
God is doing a new thing but your spiritual eyes must be opened to see it first before you can experience it in the physical. You must connect with Him to receive it. John 15:1-3
Reading through chapter 43 of Isaiah, we would see how God was making it clear and known, all that He is able to do for those who are called by His name. Verse 19, our anchor verse, talks about the new thing. But the chapter ends with God making known the limitations that His beloved have placed on these blessings. The reverence and worship of God were lacking (vs. 22-24). The people were not living their lives according to God’s statutes. For anyone to access these new things God has purposed to do, he must believe in the finished works of Christ and live to please God –through the help of the Holy Spirit.
God is doing a new thing and I pray your eyes of understanding is enlightened to see and to know and not be left out in Jesus mighty name, amen.
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