A New Thing

“This is what the Lord says — He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

‘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 desert and streams in the wasteland.’” (Isaiah 43:16-19, NIV)

Human nature is inclined to cling to the past, to what is known and familiar. Our experiences, whether good or bad, vie to dominate our present horizons. This, in turn, routinely skews our perception of what may very well be an answer to prayer. We can misinterpret and, consequently, dismiss what is actually the miraculous manifestation of God’s promise.

What, in fact, did God say? He said that He was the One who not only parted the waters but dried the seafloor as well, securing safe passage for an entire nation. He then dealt with Israel’s enemies by releasing the waters again.

But now God is doing a new thing: He who made a way through the sea is now making a way in the desert. All we needed before was enough dry land to cross the Red Sea. Now He’s going to provide enough water to cross a vast desert. Let’s not miss out simply because the circumstantial order of things happens to be inverted.


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