Is. 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
One of the tendencies that many of us have is getting stuck in what the Lord has done in the past in our lives. Our God is shockingly creative and loves to surprise everyone with His tendency toward doing a new thing. I got saved in the Jesus Movement. Many Christians had a really hard time with hippies claiming to be Christians. God sat in the heavens and laughed as He shocked the world again with His new thing, hippies actually being radically born again. Calvin described God’s new thing as being like the sun in dwarfing all of the other celestial bodies. Here are his words.
“Behold, I do a new thing. This shews more clearly what the Prophet meant in the preceding verse, for he declares that there shall be “a new work,” that is, a work unheard of and uncommon, and which, on account of its greatness and excellence, shall throw into the shade the reputation of all other works; in the same manner as the brightness of the sun, when it fills heaven and earth, causes the stars to disappear.”
The ESV Study Bible shows how the Jewish people during the Babylon captivity were stuck on the Exodus and Isaiah was challenging them to look for God’s new thing. Here is how that study bible describes it.
“The original exodus did not exhaust God’s power but provided a pattern of new exodus-like deliverances. The Jewish exiles should not live in the past but should look for God to bring them home from Babylon through another “exodus.” a way in the wilderness. Where there is no clear path forward, God creates one. rivers in the desert. Where there is no natural relief or refreshment, God provides it.
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.”
God’s works tend to happen suddenly and overwhelmingly. The Azusa Street Revival was also one of those shocking new things. Speaking in tongues, trances, healings and deliverances; no one saw it coming and the world has never been the same. Maybe, just maybe we are entering into one of God’s new things. Don’t get stuck on the way He has done it in the past. Let those past seasons challenge you. I think the most shocking new thing of all may be just ahead.