Isaiah 43:18-19; Romans 12:2
God Wants To Do Something New
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
When it comes to my faith I sometimes feel stuck in a rut. I have done the same old same old so long that I have worn a path so deep that I can’t get out. I’m tired of the same old thing but at the same time I am too comfortable to try something new. That usually leads to trouble.
God however sees the big picture. He knows what he’s doing and he knows what the best thing for us. He works in and around us to put all the pieces into place. We may be stuck in a rut but He never is. His will unfolds for us in a new and exciting way everyday. The reason that we often get in a rut is because we don’t know his will and his way.
Isaiah foretold what was going to happen because the Jews were stuck in a rut. He foretold about their exile but then he also told about how God was working even through all that sorrow and grief to bring about something good. He said, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Is. 43:18-19
God was already looking ahead to the time of the Messiah. He was promising a road out for those who feel stuck in the dessert and refreshing streams of cool water to those who feel like they are in a wasteland. In other words, He is promising to help those who are stuck in a rut to get out. He is doing something new.
God’s way is always new and refreshing for those who are open to his will. Unfortunately we sometimes get too comfortable in our ways to want something new. New involves change. New involves something different. New requires us to trust God. And new is not always comfortable for people. New sometimes comes through great pain and loss. But our “new” always comes with new and exciting opportunities and great blessings.
My rut recently has been the frustrations of the limitations and loss of freedoms that have come because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. I thought I was handling it well, adapting with Drive-in Church, FACEBOOK LIVE broadcast, and nightly phone tree calls to the congregation. But I must admit that it is wearing on me a bit too. I feel my wheels spinning and the frustration building.
Sometimes it’s easy to feel cheated. Life isn’t fair. People are stupid. Situations are unbearable. People come and go in our lives, careers change, kids grow up and move off, and life happens. Our culture and society changes faster than we can keep up.
But it still helps to keep this truth in mind. God’s isn’t done with you yet. He still has purpose and meaning for your life. And he will lift you out of the rut.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God, You are the one who knows all, sees all, and is in all. We praise you sending springs of flowing water into our season of draught. We thank you for making a way for us to get out of our rut. And thank you for making all things new. We look forward to the new heaven and new earth where you sit on the throne and we can be with you and worship you continually. Thank you for Jesus who made this all possible. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.