Not I, It's He
Reflections on two verses in Isaiah 43:
18 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
When we fixate on what was yesterday, we tend to look through different lenses. Hind sight might be 20/20, but it makes looking forward very blurry. While we need to mourn because of our sins, learn from our mistakes, remember how we achieved success, and cherish memories of time spent with loved ones; we can’t live there. The past we visit, we do not inhabit. A move of God we experienced 5 decades ago, 5 years ago, or 5 days ago does not take the place of what God wants to do in us now.
19 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.
There is an emphasis on “I,” as in God saying He will do something new. He is not telling you to reinvent the wheel, or to discover a fresh and relevant new way of doing church, or a yet undiscovered way of using your gifts more effectively. He is dropping that on you, downloading that straight from the throne. Don’t miss the question though! That new thing that God desires to do, that thing that is springing up; “do you not perceive it?” Instead of brainstorming how you can do something new how ‘bout start realizing He is making a path; a new way. He promises to make that way in the wilderness and to bring streams in the wasteland. Comforting, to be sure; it seems to me that He always makes all things new in the environment of want and emptiness.