Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 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… (Isaiah 43:18-19)
The Lord doesn’t lock Himself in to the expectations of men or to the hands of time. Behold, He is doing a new thing! He is not held by human tradition; He makes a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The Lord does things big and new.
The prophet asks the question, “Can’t you perceive this thing that He is doing?” Are you so blinded by your set ways that you cannot see the path God lays right before your eyes? It was the same for the Pharisees; they were blind guides who led people into darkness. So hard of heart, they refused to see salvation coming out of Zion, the Holy One of Israel, come to take away the sins of the world, Jesus! They remained locked in patterns of works, routines and self-righteousness while declaring their own praise and props.
But the God who makes a way in the wilderness, a river in the desert, had brought something new.
Do not be like the Pharisee, so consumed with his vision of himself that he was unable to perceive the mighty work of God. Be like the prophet, Isaiah, who saw the Lord seated on the throne and could only tremble as the angels cried out, “Holy, holy holy, is the Lord of hosts! The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-6) God has done this great work so that the people would declare His praise (Isaiah 43:21). We are walking in the newness of the Lord and His plan is perfect for us. OPEN YOUR EYES, PLEASE!
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