BEHOLD I do a New thing! That was the declarative word spoken by God to His people in Isaiah 43. He spoke a faith-path out of their seventy-year captivity into liberation and redemption. God was calling His people out from the old and into the new. He was calling things that were not as though they had already happened. As far as God was concerned, it was already a done deal.
Behold. It actually means to stand in awe and be amazed – WOW! Why did God say this? His announcement was a statement of His character- Redeemer. In fact, in the same breath, God was also announcing hope for humanity through Jesus Christ, and the grace of the Gospel.
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
“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.
Today, I believe the Lord is saying to His people, “BEHOLD! I am doing a new thing.” He is calling us to come up and out of the ordinary and rise above our limits. He is asking us to SEE and RESPOND to His hand of preparation in our lives and in the Church – His Bride.
Are you expecting God to do a new thing in your life? That may seem overwhelming when you consider your present circumstances but take courage – God has made a way, a road to lead you with rivers of provision and refreshing.
If anyone thirsts, let him COME to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says. – John 7:38 (MSG)
So much is on the horizon, so much lies ahead. Taste and see what God is doing in your life, your church, across the world and be amazed.
Father God, thank You for going ahead of me to plan the path for my life. Help me to expect something new, and I ask for the wisdom to respond rather than react to Your guidance. I choose to acknowledge and be thankful for your rivers of provision along the way.
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”