Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
20 The wild animals in the fields will thank me,
the jackals and owls, too,
for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
so my chosen people can be refreshed.
21 I have made Israel for myself,
and they will someday honor me before the whole world.
Isaiah 43:19-21 NLT
When I was a child I bought my mom a really great birthday gift. It was a fire boat with all the stuff; hoses, little fireman figures, etc. It was perfect for her bath times. And, of course, by that I mean it was perfect for my bath times. I’ve always been drawn to the new and exciting things in life. But as I grow and (hopefully) mature, I learn that new can be a two-sided coin. I can actually make an idol out of the “new.” New teachings or doctrines can draw my ear quickly.
But I can also err on the other side and actually work against the new thing that God wants to do in my life. When I give myself to prayer and the Word, I develop a solid biblical worldview which brings spiritual balance and serves to strengthen my days here on earth.
Do I actually give much thought and attention to the fresh works that God wants to do in my life? Do I do what it takes to feed that and make it an integral part of my daily walk with Him? They say that whatever you feed grows. What can you and I do to nurture that fresh work of God?
Take a minute and read the passage again. Then take a few more minutes to find some application to your life today. Ask God to make that fresh and new for you and then do what it takes to add it to your spiritual foundation.
Take some time to simply teach your family about the word pictures we’re given in this passage and have each one try to make some kind of application to their own life.