New Things

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

 --–Isaiah 43:19

 

We serve a Resurrection God. That means He is the God of Life and Healing and New Things. But what does that mean really? What does that mean for us as Christ-followers?

 

The word new in the Hebrew is chadash which means fresh. Don’t you love that?  Think about fresh with me for a moment: 

 

Ahhhh fresh air…fresh bread…fresh, clean laundry…fresh fruit. 

 

He is the God of your fresh, new beginning, your fresh, new life and your fresh, new things.

 

We came together, giving of our time and money and energy to Backpack Giveaway 2016 last Sunday.  We, as a church, provided an exciting new beginning to the school year for over 1000 students! We are praying that those backpacks will be a beacon of light towards a new thing for each and every recipient; that somehow amidst the gluesticks and folders and pencils, the very light of God’s newness will shine: calling, wooing and loving and true to His unchangeable nature…never letting go.

 

Back to school is a time when we buckle down, reluctantly throw off our swimsuits and flipflops and in their place, don our more serious school duds. We go to bed earlier so that we can get up earlier and perhaps make resolutions about how this year will be different. 

 

Whether you are going back to school, wishing you were or thankful that you are not, this is a wonderful chance to make this time one of renewal. Allow God to reveal to you your new thing.

 

 Maybe He wants you to establish a regular new time with him, maybe He wants you to cultivate a new relationship, or just maybe He has a new mission for you. 

 

According to the prophet Isaiah, that new thing springs up, so it shouldn’t be hard to see. Your new thing is probably right under your nose! I challenge you to listen to Him today, to look for the newness that He has for you and delight in His renewal. 

 

Trust Him in this: I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  For the world in which we live right now is as desperate for new and fresh, isn’t it? 

 

 Let’s join Him in renewing the wilderness and wasteland, and with Him, truly do a new thing….