He is a God of new things. Don’t let anybody tell you that the future is bleak. “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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV).
What does a “new thing” look like for you? Did you know that God longs to do a new thing in and through you, not just once but every single day? Today, or this week, or this mouth, not only presents us with the gift of a new year. It presents us with a gift of a new day, a new week, a new month and God is about to do a new thing, so have faith in Him. Neither you nor I know what this year will hold, but we do know that God is calling us to look ahead of us and forget the former things. Don’t dwell on what you can’t change. Simply receive the new thing God is going to do in your life this year. It is through Jesus that we can build our faith and confidence and seek a fresh start. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). There are new ways, new opportunities, and new hope. A future that is rooted in Jesus provides a clear pathway in the wilderness and life to the wasteland to enable us to flourish, bear fruit, see new opportunities, and make a difference.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me “(John 14:6). Now He is the one to put our trust in, the one for a sure future. Jesus is our sure foundation as we move into a future assured of hope and a fresh start in Him and through Him. Whatever “new thing” you need, expect it. Look for it, and move toward it. I encourage you to re-adjust your focus and ask God to show you what He is doing. What kind of “new thing” do you want? More than ever before, God wants you to trust Him to do great things in you and through you. He is your only hope because He is the God of new things. And I want to encourage you to have a brave, bold, confident faith in Christ to step out and do whatever He calls you to do, especially when you don’t understand everything He’s doing. It is amazing what can happen when we courageously venture out of our little worlds and begin to embrace God’s wider kingdom. Ask God to surprise you with his goodness and favour. He is God of more than enough. He is God of surprises. He is God of new things (see Eph. 3:20).
God is inviting you into something new that He is about to do in your life. He will guide, lead, and strengthen you to cooperate with Him in His grand plan for your life. It’s easy to say, “God is doing something new in my life this year,” but that doesn’t mean we can just sit back and do nothing while we watch God do a miracle. We are partners with God. Our part is to believe what He says and do anything He asks us to do to cooperate with His plan. God’s part is to do what you cannot do. God wants us to stir up our faith and start believing He will do new and greater things than we’ve known in the past. He wants to do miracles in your life! But you must put your trust in Him, release your faith, and keep believing God, trusting that He can and will make a way for you when there seems to be no way.
“This is what the Lord says – he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: 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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:16-19 NIV)