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. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
—Isaiah 43:19-21 (NIV)
God never changes, but He always does new things in our lives. Is that statement contradictory? No. What is it about God that remains the same? It is who He is—His character. The new thing He does never violates His character. It never goes against who He says He is in His Word.
Is it difficult for you to see that God is doing something new? It can be right before you, and maybe you can't see it. You may be so stuck in fear of what is happening around you, that you can't see His promise emerging. Circumstances have become your desert place where you only exist instead of trusting and believing for His promise for something new in your life.
God is Jehovah Jireh, your provider. He provides sustenance in your desert place. A revelation in His Word to give you hope—a friend to encourage you—the Lord gives you just what you need to inspire you that He is doing something new. Animals seek His provision in the wilderness. His living water is right before you. Life can cloud your ability to recognize His provision. Open your spiritual eyes. Ask to see His promise of something new. If you seek, you too shall find.
In this Old Testament Scripture, these verses don't only speak of the Hebrew children as His chosen. They also speak of you. You are also His chosen. Jesus chose you on Calvary. God always provides nourishment to His chosen people. And He always gives them something new!
The Holy Spirit forms us for praise. Praising God in your desert place turns that desert place into an oasis of hope. Praise opens us to see beyond our circumstance—to trust God and believe for something new.
If you look at the negative all around you, then that is what you will see. No hope. No promise. You will perceive nothing of God’s provision. If you look at your circumstance with trust that He has something better, you will have great hope and expectation that God is working out His good for your best.
I praise Him today for my “something new.” I believe it. We are overcomers in Christ—not children of fear. We are His Beloved—not His Estranged. He loves us with His everlasting love. His plans give us great hope for the future.
Your something new is just waiting for you to perceive it.
©2020 Lynn Lacher