Day One: The New Era

Isaiah 41:16-21 (NIV)

16 This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 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:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 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.
20 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,
21  the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.

“The fundamental principles of the divine activity are changeless, but the outward shape of that activity alters with the changing needs of God’s people. We are meant to reflect on the past with gratitude and stimulated faith but not to allow it to stereotype our expectations from God. Here God affirms—in detail and with emphasis on the deadly efficiency of his deeds—that he was the God of the Exodus (vv.16-17), but he also asserts the wonderful freshness of his new act in prospect (vv.18-19).” [Geoffrey Grogan, Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Isaiah]

Let’s pray for a new era in our individual lives and church to receive ‘the wonderful freshness’ of God’s gospel and his new acts among us.  Ask God to stoke a greater flame in your heart for his praise as you worship to the song ‘Ready for You’ (click here) by Worship Central.

-JH

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