God of new beginnings
“Behold, (stand in awe and be amazed) I do a New Thing.” (Isaiah 43: 19)
‘BEHOLD’ actually means to stand in AWE and be AMAZED. God is saying to us as his church at GWAC “Stand in awe and be amazed at this new thing I am doing in you and through you. He is reminding us of his character, his nature and his intention to bring forth in us a new beginning.
Our God is a God of new beginnings and likes doing new things; it is all over his creation. He designed our bodies always to produce new cells, new hair. We are always experiencing new days, years and seasons. We have a new life in Christ, with new opportunities and new challenges. And one of his last promises in the Bible is that of him making all things new. (Revelation 21:5).
As God created us in his image, one aspect of our character is a liking for new things. We often crave new things and seek new experiences. Yet at the same time we tend to dislike change in various aspects of our lives.
Very often when God begins doing new things in our lives we firmly resist. We would rather stick to the old. I admit being guilty of this because, like most people, I don’t like change. I have envisaged my life a certain way and I resist anything that threatens to put it on a different path. So when God does a new thing in my life my first reaction is to oppose it and cling on to my old familiar ways. For example, last year, God closed a door and refused to open it despite my many prayers. Instead of accepting it and going down the hallway into the unknown to seek for a new door that he might have opened, I camped at that old door and resolutely kept banging on it, refusing to accept God’s “NO”.
Learning to embrace the new things that God is doing, is vital.
Letting go of the past and preparing for the new things ahead, is the response that brings transformation.
When God is doing something new, it sometimes requires us to step into the unknown. This may feel uncomfortable, scary and even unpleasant at first. We might be tempted to hold on to the life we know where everything is familiar. But we need to TRUST GOD and embrace what he is doing in our present and our future. Otherwise, we will miss out on all the good things God wants to do in us and through us, as his body of believers here at GWAC.
“BEHOLD. (stand in AWE and be AMAZED) I am doing a new thing.” (Isaiah 43: 18)