Just do it already. Forgive the ones that hurt you, let go of the situations that disappointed you, release people from the figurative debts they owe you, and forget about the bad things (and the good things) that once were. Prepare yourself to experience something better, something newer. It’s not anything you’ve ever seen before, so it will probably be difficult to wrap your mind around. It won’t come in the way you’re used to, so it may take a while to convince you. But if you stay bogged down in the “should a” “would a” “could a” of life you’ll never experience anything in it’s fullness.
In the book of Isaiah, the prophet, God is speaking through this vessel and trying to get His people back on track, to walk in the full understanding of what He’s done and what He will do. Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” He’s trying to let them know that deliverance from Babylon is inevitable and also that ultimate deliverance from sin, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, will come as well. (Read the verses surrounding 19) He says “behold” or pay attention; marvel; admire the fact that I’m doing a “new thing.” A new thing is something that hasn’t been done before.
He goes on to say, “I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” He’s calling to their remembrance how God delivered them from Egypt. The Red Sea was parted for them to walk across on dry land, and God continued to provide and make a way during their 40 years in the wilderness. I don’t know about you, but I would be totally happy if God delivered me in that way again! I’m sure the Children of Israel wouldn’t have minded a repeat either. This is what makes God great. He can certainly do the same, predictable, things over and over again but Isaiah is saying, “Stop, pay attention, be amazed” because God wants to do something new. This deliverance from Babylon will be greater than even the most extraordinary ways they were delivered before. It was probably hard for them to fathom deliverance greater than a sea parting in half, but they are encouraged nonetheless to believe.
The verse goes on to say, “now it shall spring forth” or “already it is springing up.” It’s already happening! He’s telling them to look at the fact that God is doing a new thing right now, and then Isaiah says it shall spring forth, but a better translation is that it is already springing forth! The new thing they need God to do is already happening! How awesome is that? That’s why I started out by saying that it’s time to let go and essentially lose some weight. What do I mean by that? Letting go of the dead weight that’s holding you down, whatever it may be, and behold what God is doing. As Alpha and Omega, God knows our beginning and our end. He’s already done all that He is ever going to do but to us it will all be new! It’s already happening, it has sprung forth, perceive it, embrace it, believe it, live it.
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