“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it?”
(Isaiah 43: 18 – 19)
In Isaiah 43 the Lord was addressing people in exile in Babylon, at a time of intense difficulty. Though not the same as Egyptian captivity and slavery, Israel was distanced from the confidence of their own home setting and under the duress of a foreign power. This was the setting in which God said to His people, “I am going to do a new thing.”
Sometimes there are circumstances in our own lives in which we feel besieged. We arrive into circumstances we may not have created or produced ourselves. But nevertheless, we are in the middle of them. Whatever the reason if you are in a problematic situation, the Lord says He has set himself to do something new anyway.
How does God’s new thing apply to you and me?
God reminds us of His role and his works.
“I am the Lord, your holy one, the creator of Israel, your King.” Thus says the Lord who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick). (Isaiah 43:15 – 17)
God’s call for us to prepare for a new thing reminds us of the kinds of things He can do:
As our Creator – the best things in you are God’s idea.
As our King – he is bigger than your circumstances.
As our complete Deliverer – making a way where there is none.
God says, “Just you wait and see. This is going to be good.” The Israelites passed through the Red Sea, and the waters closed in on their enemy. God is our complete Deliverer, He will not take us half way there.
“Do not remember the former things...”
God no sooner reminds us of the mighty new thing He did at the Red Sea, then His next words are,
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old” (v. 18).
He’s not saying that they are already unimportant, but He is admonishing us not to confine Him to what he’s done. Moses could have never dreamed what was going to happen when he took an obedient stance, holding out the rod and speaking the words the Lord had told him to speak. He was probably just as amazed at what happened as was everybody else.
The miracle at the Red Sea was beyond anyone’s ability to speculate or guess, and there are new things God wants to do for us personally and at GWAC that are beyond anything we can fathom, invent, ask, or imagine. Ephesians 3:20 says that “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”.
Perhaps you are reading this right now and facing a situation so overwhelming that unless God does something that transcends human imagination, you don’t know of any way that it will work out. Maybe what the Lord is getting ready to change is YOU, rather than the circumstance. Nevertheless, he promises that He is going to do a NEW THING.