Sep 8, 2020
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.
We are meant to remember the past with thanksgiving and for stimulating faith, but not to allow the past to lock down our expectations of God. Yes we honor the past, but even more we celebrate God in the present.
“I AM doing a new thing.” God, help us to perceive it.
The image of God’s past activity for early readers of this passage would be God parting the seas and rivers in the exodus of His people, making a way through the waters. The water was a barrier. The waters were an obstacle God miraculously overcame for His children. No water would have meant no miracle.
Before, God had made a way through the waters. Now, He promises to make a way through the desert. Now, the desert was the challenge and a former obstacle became a provision. In the desert they would find the water necessary. What was a barrier before is now promised to be a blessing. That is something new.
Have you experienced God turning a former barrier into a blessing? That could be a relational wall that God helped with a breakthrough and the friendship is now a blessing. Perhaps a person who stood in your way has now become an advocate. Maybe a trial or tough time that God got you through has now become a source of testimony and praise in God’s provision. Maybe you found victory over something you didn’t think you could ever overcome, with God helping you to walk through it, and sharing that victory has deepened your fellowship with the Father.
The fact is, the source of true blessing and living water is God Himself. With God’s abiding presence, all things are new. Where there is no clear path, God makes a new one and walks with us through it.
Where there is no natural relief, God brings supernatural refreshing and blessing.
And, He has a purpose in the new blessings and fresh living waters. He formed you for Himself that you might “declare His praise,” praise for past barriers that have become blessings. Praise for the power to overcome. Praise for the presence of God who gives water in the wilderness. Praise is what we need to do so God gives us lots of reasons to do so!
Jill Darnold says (Sep 9, 2020):
Thank you Steve very encouraging. Just exactly what I needed today!! Blessings to u you.