Day 3

January 10

Ben Armstrong

Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

18 “Remember not of 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.”

For these 21 days, our main theme is ‘new beginnings’. Isaiah is saying that we need to forget the things of the past because God is doing a new thing. He will make a way in the hardships and pain, and we just need to be willing to look for that path and start that new beginning. 

This verse is one of my favorites and actually reminds me of a worship song by NewSpring called, ‘Ways in the Wasteland’. The chorus is as follows:

Behold, You are doing a new thing

Yes, we will believe

Making ways in the wasteland

Turning deserts into streams 

Breathing light into darkness 

for all the world to see 

You are doing a new thing

Yes we will believe

This chorus reminds us that God is constantly working in our lives, even though we may not see it. Isaiah uses the active verb ‘doing’ which means God is STILL working in our lives. He is not just about what He has done but what He is doing now and going to do in the future. 

Our response to this is demonstrated in the bridge of the same song. It goes:

God, you are worthy. God, you are holy. 

We give you honor. We give you glory. 

In all of your goodness, you go before me.

God, you are worthy. God, you are holy. 

All we need to do is: believe that God can and is actively doing new things in our lives and praise him for what He is doing. 

When was the last time you sat down and praised God for being active in your life? He deserves all of our praise. I challenge you today to look this song up on the internet, listen to it while praising God for the things he has done and is going to do in your life.

Prayer: God, you are worthy. God, you are holy. We give you honor. We give you glory. Thank you for all of the new beginnings. Thank you for helping us look forward, and not into the past. We lift up our prayers to you God that we can experience your glory and power in our lives. 

In your worthy and holy name, AMEN. 

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