BEHOLD I AM ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING BRAND-NEW (Isaiah 43:18-19) – 18th August, 2019.
The identity of Israel is foundationally rooted in God’s mandate to the first man and woman in Genesis 1:26-28, “Then God said, “let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule…”. Thus, all humans were created special with the specific mandate “to have dominion over God’s earth” as God’s image bearers.
In our fallen nature, we will never understand this mandate as God intends, thus we will not understand God’s promise, unless we are restored and transformed. And until we are delivered from Self, the blessing of new things will not make sense to us when they come. Remember the admonishment, “But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).
Why is the deliverance from Self important? Behind all our sin is the outlook oriented toward the self- Pride is an exalted view of myself. Envy is a resentment of what another has that is not mine. Wrath is the fury born from not getting things my way. Gluttony claims more than it needs for my satisfaction. Lust exploits another for my pleasure. Greed is an insatiable desire aimed at more for me.
Laziness is the inordinate desire to maintain my status quo. The children of Israel were entangled in self-worship and were ignorant of their God, thus God promised a miracle of total deliverance from self. Thus, God’s promise to do a new thing was a promise to make his people “whole.”
Three lessons from our theme text: Isa. 43:18-19:
(1) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past…”: The Past. Forget the former things. A call to align our perspectives with the new season by putting aside old things.
(2) “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?…”: The Present. Focus to behold/See things from God’s perspective (change your Life’s lens or Change your VALUE: Vision, Attitude, Life, Understanding, Experiences).
(3) “…I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…”
The Future. Face what is ahead and think of the impossible that God will do with you if you continue to yield to Him. Think of the impossible that God will do with you if you yield to him.
A look at the Life of Jesus, shows the fulfillment of what God envisioned for his people as the future unravels– Scripture records that, “…Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Jesus had a wholistic growth. This suggests that “we don’t have to have a perfect (utopian) society for us to be what God wants us to be. We should be blazing light in thick darkness.” We must therefore trust and yield to God in order for him to achieve the impossible in us and through us. What has damaged the image of God in you or is constantly waging war to taint the image of Christ in you in your past, present or probably in your fear of the future? Would you be willing to lay it at the throne of the one who has conquered death and sin today?