By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: July 14, 2017
From Series: God is in the Gaps
Isaiah 43:18-19, “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."
We are creatures of habit—literally. Our brains create neural pathways—habit highways—by forming connections. Even if it's something we don't necessarily like, we get used to doing things in the same way. There's comfort in knowing what's next—but God doesn't want us to get too comfortable, because familiarity is often the greatest enemy of gratitude. This is clearly what's going on in today's scripture. Yesterday we saw Isaiah telling the Israelites to remember how God made a way for His people by splitting the Red Sea to deliver them from 400 years of captivity. Then, within the same sentence he does a 180 and says, "Forget the former things". Huh?
Just like muscle confusion to get a better workout, God gives us miracle confusion. He doesn't want us to rely on a miracle He's already performed. That's why verse 19 says, "See, I'm doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it?" Sometimes, what keeps us from seeing what God's doing in our lives, gets blocked by a blessing He's already given us because we expect Him to show up as He did in the past. We get so used to a system of how God's blessing us, that we miss the blessing.
Water was the barrier blocking the Israelites from safety as the Egyptians were in fast pursuit. God split the Red Sea and delivered them to safety. Although a different generation, the Israelites were expecting God to show up in the same way. Now, though, what was the barrier would become the blessing, as the Lord promised to make streams of water flow in the desert. It provided sustenance for life.
God asks the same question of us today, "Do you perceive it?" Essentially, will you stay in step with My Spirit? He wants to do a new thing. Are you missing what is because you're so stuck in what was?
Father God, help me to remember what You've done in my past without getting stuck on the process but the provision. You are a great God! I seek to hear Your voice and obey Your commands.
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