Isaiah 43:18-19 “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.”
Sometimes we dwell in the past and many things are hard to forget and many constantly live in replay. So far we realized that our attitude and hearts were like stone and we felt like a wanderer in the wilderness and walking aimlessly in a barren land. Sometimes I feel like it’s hopeless and it’s impossible to be transformed. But the words of God through the prophet Isaiah was truly convicting. We need to be reminded that during Isaiah’s time, it was a time of hopelessness and great godlessness. They had no reverence for the Lord and they had no regards to the spiritual realm. Out of despair and anguish from the plight of his fellow people, Isaiah went around cursing them saying, “Woe to you!” He had lost hope for the people of Israel, they were like wanderers in a vast wilderness and wasteland. However God encourages Isaiah by saying, ““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.” (Isa 43:18-19).
God is doing a new thing! God will pave a way in the wilderness to guide his people and bring life through streams of water in the wasteland. God was challenging Isaiah to see what God is about to do. He asks, “Do you not perceive it?” Sometimes it’s very hard for us to see what God is doing or is about to do. We need to open our hearts and eyes to perceive what God is about to do! Our prayer is that we may look and see with eager expectation what God has planned for us this new year. Right now it may see like a vast wilderness and wasteland here in our small gathering, but I believe that God has already planned something new for this year, we need to expect great things and believe in the transforming and renewing power of God. God will make a way and make our barren land into a fertile land flowing with living water!