Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it?” (Isaiah 43: 19)
When God says that he’s going to do a new thing, there’s something very reassuring about the fact that it will be done right. Our part in his new thing is to let him work in us a readiness to respond.
“Now it shall spring forth.”
Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it hasn’t started. Right now, scripture says, it’s going to spring forth. It isn’t something in the future.
The Hebrew word spring here in verse 19, is the word for sprout. What this text actually says is, “…now it shall sprout”. Speaking in a parable of the coming of his kingdom Jesus said “…first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” (Mark 4: 28). Even before the visibility of the blade above the ground, there is a sprout beneath it.
What the Lord wants us to understand when he says he’s going to do a new thing is that it is in process already. You can’t see it yet, but it is set in motion, just like after a long cold winter. There’s a change going on inside the earth underground, preparing to bring the approach of Spring.
Perhaps there has been a cold bitter winter of your soul, or the drought of a long dry spell. The Lord says he has set in motion that which will bring about your deliverance, into a time of growth, development, refreshing, and fruitfulness. When God’s new thing sprouts in you, when God’s new thing sprouts in GWAC, it will bring with it the fragrance and the beauty of the springtime of his purpose for us.
When the scriptures speak of that life springing forth, picture a slab of concrete. There are times when it cannot resist the breaking power of the tiniest blade of grass that pushes itself up and through. God could not give us a more graphic picture of His plan:
“I want to do a new thing, and I want you to recognise, it’s a new thing IN you, and a new thing FOR you. It is the richness of my GRACE working in you, that will crack through any obstacles that will hinder the fulfilment of my glorious purpose in you”.
“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it.”
(Isaiah 43: 19).