Behold I Am Doing A New Thing

30th August

But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland..

Isaiah 43:18-19

As Isaiah continues to prophecy God’s words to the people held in captivity by the Babylonians, he takes a turn in his message, reminding them of God’s faithfulness and His mighty hand to deliver. He encourages them, that although they are feeling alone and abandoned, God had not forgotten about them. Although their sins are the reason for their wasteland wandering and captivity, He will forgive and restore His beloved people.

God, through Isaiah’s words reminds them in Chapter 43 of the time when He set them free from the hand of slavery in Egypt. He reminds them how He “opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea” after Pharaoh had let them go from captivity. Not only did He make a way for them to cross, but snuffed out the threat of the following Egyptian army. He reminds them that He is their Saviour.

But, when we reach verse 18, there is a dramatic twist in the narrative…. God says to His people, ‘BUT FORGET ALL THAT…IT IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT I AM GOING TO DO. FOR I AM ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING NEW….!!’ It’s like God was saying, ‘yes, you have experienced My hand of salvation from above, but now, I will send you a Saviour and Messiah, who will physically show you My salvation, and lead you into eternal freedom from sin’s bondage.

Friends, that salvation was Jesus Christ. The King of Kings. God did do something new and greater, because not only did He save the Israelites but He came to save all people, that includes us. He became humanities salvation. God made a way, in the wastelands of our lives, to shine His glory and set us free. He became our light and salvation. He freed us from sin’s prison. He has taken us by our hands and led us to freedom. Praise His Name forever.

The Dry Valley

29th August

When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus, and I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground.

Isaiah 41:10

Friends, are you walking in what seems like a valley? Does your spiritual life seem like it is dried up? Do you feel like you are far from the source of spiritual saturation? Well, be encouraged. God promises us that He will renew us. He said of Himself, that ‘I, the Lord, will answer them (YOU)’! His promises are forever and His word is eternal.

Notice the places from which the Lord will satisfy; from the high plateaus, the valleys and the desert. It can be assumed that in each of the places, although probably originally formed by water, water was not in abundance, particularly in the Middle Eastern Biblical setting. Dry valleys and deserts are a constant picture throughout the Bible, representing hard and spiritually dry times in our lives (see Ezekiel 37). Much is the same with high plateaus, far from the sea or water source. What Isaiah’s prophetic words are saying, is that despite of and even in these situations and terrains, God will cause water to come out and refresh His people.

Receiving His fullness and refreshment is conditional on our confession; that we are completely dependant on His source of refreshment and are inadequate without Him. If we try and refresh ourselves, the temporary satisfaction will eventually run dry and we will be left wanting again. True refreshment and renewal comes completely from the Lord. Yet His promise, if we are searching for water to satisfy our parched tongues and thirst, then HE will answer and renew us, even in the midst of the dry land we may find ourselves in.

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

John 4:14