Day Five: New!

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) 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.

“Several years ago, I began a new job thousands of miles from family and friends. Not long after settling in, the peculiar rhythms and challenges of the position left me lonely, regretful, and in despair. After a particularly hard day I confessed to a friend that I had no idea how I would make it through the remainder of my contract. She listened, prayed with me, and promised to keep believing and trusting in God’s goodness toward me even if I struggled to do so. A week later, she sent me a few words of encouragement she had scribbled on the back of a napkin. She continued sending similar notes every week for the next several months until I found myself on stronger ground. Her messages rarely said much beyond a few words of scripture or a reminder of some event in the past in which God’s presence had been palpable in my life. Over time, I found myself more attuned to the presence of God around me. Above all, the notes reminded me of the ways in which God has always made a way out of seemingly no way – from the dawn of creation until now.” [Maria Kane, The Upper Room: Daily Devotions, p.320]

Are you surrounded by wilderness and wasteland? Take time to ask the Lord for his way and the new thing he has planned for your life as you worship to “My All in All” by Phil Wickham. (Click Here)

Pray also for those in your church, missional group, or campus ministry. Ask God to fill you with visions, dreams and the new thing that he desires for people around you.

-JH

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