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 road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
What do you do when you realize that your favorite item (clothing, car, computer, phone, TV, etc.) is outdated? What do you do when you realize that the same item is broken?
The Promise of a “New Thing.”
God promises to the children of Israel and all who believe that He was not only to deliver them out of exile or difficulty caused by sin, but to lead them safely and comfortably to their own land. Faced with the adversity of not knowing how their deliverance would occur and not knowing where they would be delivered to, God promised them that something new would happen to them.
The hand of the Lord is never short to deliver God’s children from any form of captivity and bondage. The “new thing” described in this text signifies a Divine manifestation that has never happened before and would bud like a fresh stem. It shall spring up as the grass does from the earth; or it shall bud forth like the opening leaves and flowers – a beautiful figure, denoting the manner in which the events of Divine Providence come to pass. In this part of the verse, the prophet describes the anxious care which God would show in protecting his people, and providing for them in conducting them to their promise land.
Making the Tough Decisions.
When we struggle with finding the right direction in our life, God often leads us in the path of something new. Sometimes we must make the hard decisions of letting go of the systems and structures in our lives that are ineffective and no longer fresh.
When ideas seem to fall flat and dreams no longer feel attainable, we should remind ourselves of God’s promise. God leads us to experience fresh possibilities in our lives. What are you willing to leave behind in order to allow God to build something new?