ON THE HORIZON
“You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forth I announce to you new things, hidden things that you have not known.
They are created now, not long ago; before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
You have never heard, you have never known, from of old your ear has not been opened. For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously, and that from before birth you were called a rebel.
Over the last two years, we have thought often of this passage of scripture. The Lord gave it to us as a church at the beginning of 2009 and again in 2010. We have been on the watch for God’s unprecedented acts in these past two years. We have seen some amazing things take place in our church in these two years, we have an anticipation of even greater things just ahead.
In the ESV Study Bible there is a short commentary of that passage in Isaiah. Listen to these observations about the acts of God just ahead, even on the horizon.
Isa. 48:6–8 Now God intends to reveal surprising new prophecies. Unprecedented acts of God are on the horizon—unprecedented, lest his own people treat his deeds dismissively.
The horizon speaks of those things just ahead of us, even in the very next day. The unusual outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our church in 1994 taught us several lessons, one of which was how in a 24 hour period of time, everything can change. What does the next day or week have in store for you? God’s unprecedented works can suddenly explode into your life. Suddenly, as God’s new season begins, you can find yourself in the midst of His unprecedented acts, when you do, don’t shrug them off, these are the days that we live for.
In 2010 we saw a season of healing miracles. There were two ladies healed of cancer, several tumors that disappeared, someone healed of hepatitis and various other significant miracles. What does 2011 hold for us as a church, what does it have in store for you? Do you have an expectancy of new things in 2011? As we begin this new year it would be good to set aside some time to reflect on this next year. What could be on the “horizon” in your life? What miracles has the Lord placed in this calendar year for you? Maybe this is the year of soul winning in your life, or maybe the Lord will use you in His healing gifts or even His gifts of prophesy. How will these things occur? Stir up the gift of God inside of you, listen carefully for His voice, unprecedented days are on the horizon for you in 2011.