A New Thing

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19

These verses were a great encouragement to me when I read it, and I hope that it will be the same for you.  “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.”  There are quite a few things in my life that I would rather not “remember” or “consider.”  There are a lot of things that I would rather forget.  I’m sure all of us are that way to some extent.  When we think about and dwell on our past failures, it can bog us down to the point that we don’t want to move forward and we can’t find the strength to go on.  It is good to remember some of those things, as that will help to keep us humble and keep us coming to the Lord.

But He says here to forget the former things.  And He says that because of what He says in the next verse: “Behold, I will do a new thing…”  II Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 

We are to forget the “former things” because He is doing a “new thing” in us.  Has He done a “new thing” in you?  Paul tells us in Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”  We are told to “put off the old man” and to “put on the new man.” 

He also says in these verses that He is going to make “a way in the wilderness” and “rivers in the desert.”  Have we ever found ourselves wandering aimlessly in the wilderness of life?  He can make a way in that wilderness and lead us through it.  Have we ever been spiritually “dry?”  He can make a river of life run through the barren wasteland of our lives.

What a wonderful Saviour!  Is He making a new thing in you?

8 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I love how you have connected this verse in Isaiah to the New Testament scriptures about letting go of the old because God is doing a new thing in us! It’s a wonderful reminder that the entirety of Scripture is one coherent story of God’s love, redemption, and renewal. Peace, Linda

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    • I am so very thankful for God’s love, redemption and renewal. That’s one of the things I enjoy about the book of Isaiah. There are so many things in it that point to Jesus and what He is going to do.

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  2. I am so thankful for those promises. I sometimes look at my failures and think I am the only one who has ever fallen short. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone…that all have. The promise of the new thing is so wonderful, and also the “rivers in the desert”. I am having to wait on many things right now…that helps. 🙂

    Theresa

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    • You are definitely not alone in that. Eden had a post the other day about how the Devil works on us by making us think that we are the only one who has ever failed or that we are the worst one that has ever failed. I know that is something I struggle with often. I have to keep in mind that He is working on me and creating a new thing in me!

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  3. Thank you, Ben

    He’s a wonderful Saviour indeed! There’s no desert so dry that He can’t make brooks babble through it!

    Thankful for His word and the way you present it.

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • I heard something the other day that said that there is “none so lost He can not save.” And I think that there is truth to that. Thinking that we are somehow beyond His mercy is to limit Him and what He can do. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  4. I love how you take a verse and get excited over it! It’s contagious. 🙂 I’ve loved that one for some time now. Just the promise of what He says and knowing that He doesn’t say things like that lightly! I do feel like a new creation. My life prior to Jesus was very troubled. Such a mess. I’m still a bit of a mess! ha! But not in the same way. I feel so different that I am always surprised when someone from long ago recognizes me! ha! I think that I must look different because I feel like such a different person. God bless you, Ben and lead you on!

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    • I’m glad it’s “contagious”! I think we are all still a little bit of a mess. 🙂 I guess that’s where His working in us and on us comes in to play. I can not imagine a life without Him.

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