Beyond the Former Things
“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 desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 33.18-19 NIV).
God is both a God of order and a God of creativity. There are no limits to what He can do, but there also seems to be a system of how He operates in the lives of His beloved people. After walking this life with Jesus for a while, one might start to come to the conclusion that God’s character is simultaneously familiar and surprising. So many times Christians want to categorize God’s movements to one side of the spectrum: either very patterned or always new. But God is both and all, thus causing us always to rely daily on His Spirit. God does “make a way in the desert,” but we have to actually travel through the wilderness with Him. God will do something “new” in our lives, but we have to willingly and joyful walk through the mundane and the normal. Many people will never get to the supernatural, because they are not willing to wander the natural with Jesus. We must never forget that our Savior, Jesus Christ, was both flesh and spirit. He had to plod down the same ordinary paths that we find ourselves on today. God created power within the commonplace. We can anticipate God to create something “new” in our lives when we’ve obediently made our way through the “former things.”
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'” (Mathew 25.23 NLT).