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Day Five: “New Things”

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Isaiah 43:18-19

“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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Reflection:

Cupcakes, froyo, cronuts, kale, farm to table - these are only some of the food trends from the past few years.  And there always seems to be something new that pops up as the latest trend.  And whether it’s the latest food trend, the latest fashions, or the latest technology, we are always looking for something new.  Many times it is because we are bored and are looking for things to occupy our time and attention.  In this passage in Isaiah, Isaiah speaks of the new things that God is doing. These new things that Isaiah is talking about are not so much about God doing novel things to keep us from getting bored, but have more to do with who God is.  He is Lord, Creator, and King and His claims are based not merely on the works of the past, but He demonstrates His lordship by doing new works of deliverance.

For the Israelites, the amazing events of God’s deliverance in the past had become the framework in which every other act of God was forced into.  As a result, they were often unable to recognize God’s new actions when they came. Isaiah is telling the people to remember God and what He is able to do, but forget the ways in which He did them in the past, because God, the Creator, does not need to do things the same way twice. In the same way, the Spirit is doing new things in our midst.  Can we perceive it?

God is continually doing new things, and therefore we can approach each morning, each prayer session, each small group time, as God given moments of receiving and living into the new things of the Spirit.  This is how we daily live in the promises of God and in the Spirit’s ministry. Let’s pray that God would open our eyes to perceive the new things that He is doing.  And let’s pray for even greater things to come.

Day Four: “Let Us So Abide”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Day Three: “Out of His Glorious Riches”

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Day Two: “Immeasurably More”

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Day One: “Repeat Them In Our Day”

Monday, October 13th, 2014