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Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

 

                                                                                    


 


Life Together

 

With Pastor Dave

 

New Things!

 

16 “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,

17 who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior;

they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

 18 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

20 The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches,

for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,

21 the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.

                                                                                                -- Isaiah 43:16-21

 

A quick overview of this short, powerful passage from the Word of God before making a few connections.

-- vv. 16-17 refer to the Exodus event in which God led His people out of slavery into the Promised Land; 

-- in v. 18 God tells us to forget about ‘the good old days’.  Why?!  The Exodus was GREAT! 

-- vv. 19-21 explain why we are to let go of the past ... because God promises His people (you & me included)  that He's doing a “new thing”, something so incredible, it makes the Exodus pale in comparison!

 

Two things for us to prayerfully consider and discuss with one another as we look forward:

-- v. 19, “do you not perceive it?”

-- v. 21, “the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

 

“Do I not perceive it?”  We can get so wrapped up in all the activities of this life -- family, friends, vacations, jobs -- that we fail to see, to perceive, the new thing God is doing in our lives right now.  For example, I drove to church last Sunday and asked Suzanne when did the road crews strip our street?  I realized I was used to the street lines being worn almost to the point they weren’t there any more.  Then, all of a sudden, new white and yellow lines!  When did that happen?  Honestly, I don’t know.  I began to wonder what else have I been missing lately?  What “new thing” has God been doing in my life and I haven’t even noticed?  Even worse, I haven’t thanked and praised Him for it.  Which brings us to v. 21.

 

Read it.  It’s why we exist as God’s faith family:  “to declare my praise,” says God.  For what?  Yes, the “new thing” He's doing in our lives every single day.  It’s who God is & He's making all things new (Rev. 21:5)!

 

So what “new things” is God doing in your life?  Praise Him for it and share it with the people around you.  And what “new things” is God doing here at Evergreen Lutheran?  Sometimes, all we have to do is look around, thank each other, and Praise God for the 'new things':

-- Hybrid worship! ... Huh? ... we've done Zoom worship for weeks, now we can worship in-person or on Zoom, either way, we get to hear God's Word as we worship together and with complete faith and confidence;

-- The Narthex has a new, friendlier look and feel to it ... nice seating area, improved bulletin boards, "Welcome Table" ... all so we can better greet one another along with our visitors and guests;

-- on a personal note, my rec room is painted! ... Praise the Lord! ... now, to get it furnished!

-- what about you? ... share with me the 'new things' God is doing in your life ... I'd really love to hear about them!

 

May we be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we both perceive the new things God is doing and declare God’s praise for all the new things He is doing in us and to us and through us.  Praise we the Lord!

 

God is here.  With us.  For us.  In Us.

Pastor Dave