Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19
Are you facing a situation that seems so overwhelming that you cannot see the way through it? In Isaiah 43 Israel is being held captive by Babylon – one of the most powerful enemies of that day. In the midst of their troubled lives and uncertain future, God spoke a timeless Word for all humanity.
He said, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 43:1) When God redeemed Israel from years of Egyptian bondage, He completely destroyed the oppressor – the Egyptian army, horses, and chariots – in the Red Sea. (Is. 43:16-17) The Red Sea prophetically paints a graphic picture of the power of Jesus’ redemptive blood that has annihilated and will continue to annihilate the “things” that oppose the outpouring of God’s love in your life and in this world.
The power of Jesus’ redemptive blood has annihilated and will continue to annihilate the “things” that oppose the outpouring of God’s love.
The moment you invited Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, you went through the Red Sea experience where “the old things passed away and all things became new.” Through the power of Jesus’ blood you were transformed into a brand new creation! (2 Cor. 5:17) In order to live in the newness of your true identity in Christ Jesus, you need to “remember not the former things – the old things.” For this will prevent the “new you” from entering into all the “new things” that now belong to you in the “new land”, God’s “Promised Land,” that He has already given to you.
“Now, it shall spring forth.” The Hebrew word for “spring” in this verse is “sprout.” It has the same meaning seen in Mark 4:17 “the seed should sprout and grow… first the blade, then the head, after the full grain…” Right now, by faith see the incorruptible seed of the Word of God mightily working in you and for you.
“Shall you not know it?” “To know” in Hebrew means having an intimate experiential knowledge of as seen in the husband-wife relationship. As the bride of Christ, God desires you to fully embrace “Jesus,” the One Who makes all things new (Rev. 21:5), and to fully embrace the “new thing” He is doing.
Today, God says to you, “I am the Way-maker!” “I will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Therefore, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in and no matter what has caused these circumstances to happen, enter into the great exchange of the “old things” for the “new things” – the great exchange of the cross found within Isaiah 43:18-19.
PRAYER: Father, strengthen me by the power of the Holy Spirit to let go of the old things, which are trying to control my perspective of You and the future and hope I now have in Christ Jesus. Open my eyes to see the new things you are doing. Thank-You for the redemptive power of the blood of Jesus Christ, which makes a way for Your Kingdom to come and Your will to be done in the midst of this darkness.