God is Doing a New Thing

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." -Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)

It’s tempting to look to the past. Simpler times, it seems. Pre-pandemic days when life was “normal”.

When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt – a land of oppression and slavery, they fled in haste. It probably wasn’t as organized or well-planned as they would’ve liked, and many of them were not used to traveling. They were probably a little uncomfortable, though glad to leave anyway.

Then they came to the Red Sea. An impossible situation. They were stuck between an impassable body of water and a furious dictator.

But God had a plan!

He had just shown Himself through the plagues. But now He was going to do a new thing. He parted the water, miraculously dried the ground so His people could cross, then released the water back onto the enemy.

God delivered His people AGAIN, but in a different, unexpected way.

As their journey continued, they were repeatedly faced with discomfort and undesirable situations. They were quick to complain, even expressing a desire to go back to Egypt, to days of old, to what they knew before. This new situation was too hard.

Each time they complained, God mercifully blessed them with a new thing…

  • a new kind of food (manna),
  • a new kind of guidance (a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire),
  • a new source of water (a rock).

Are things hard right now? Yes.

But let’s not long for Egypt.

Let’s trust that God has a plan and that it is good because HE is good. Let’s believe that He is doing a new thing and that, eventually, we’ll see His masterful orchestration in all the impossible situations and praise Him for His mercy and faithfulness.

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