Isa.48:6,7 – “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.’”
It is common for God’s people to believe in the miracles of the past and miss what the Lord is doing, or wants to do, right under our noses. The children of Israel always boasted in what the Lord had done under Moses in delivering them from Egypt. They had a much harder time dealing with the troubles in their own day in dealing with the Babylonians. Sound familiar? All of us Christians believe in the God who did miracles through Jesus and the apostles. Some even believe in the God of past awakenings like The Great Awakening or even Wales or Azusa Street. What about right now? What about the Lord who wants to do something unprecedented in 2018? Albert Barnes pointed out this dilemma in his comments on today’s passage.
“I have showed thee new things from this time – From this time I make known a thing which has not before occurred, that you may have a similar demonstration that Yahweh is God. The ‘ new thing’ here referred to, is, doubtless, the prediction of the deliverance from the captivity at Babylon – a new thing, in contradistinction from those which had been before predicted, and which were already fulfilled.”
It was easy for the Jews in Isaiah’s day to believe in the God of Moses, they weren’t quite sure about the God of Isaiah. Matthew Henry takes it a step further, he said the Lord was creating new things as the prophets spoke.
“I have shown thee new things from this time. Besides the general view given from the beginning of God’s proceedings with them, he showed them new things by the prophets of their own day, and created them.”
When the Lord began to move in our country in the early nineties I was quite reluctant to embrace it. I was not so sure about the power that was being released in some of the meetings. I was okay with all of the historic stuff, seeing and embracing it today was a different story. Draw near to God as we begin a new year. Unprecedented acts of God are on the horizon. We don’t want to be cold and miss the new thing that is about to break out.