It’s mid-winter and you may be stuck in the gray blahs. Do you feel like you’re on a never-ending treadmill of repeating the same old schedule over and over? Stuck in a joyless rut?
What if God has something new for you? Would you be ready for it?
God does have something new for you. I guarantee it. How do I know? Just read this:
[box]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. (Isa. 43:18–19)[/box]
God’s nature is taking the old and doing a completely new thing. That’s just who He is. I love that God is never in a rut, never gets bored, and is certainly never boring! Following Him means new adventures—always!
My day typically begins really early, but that wasn’t always the case. Not at all. But something happened when I made a commitment to meet with God first thing—I started getting excited about that meeting time, even anticipating it the night before—and that’s what gets me up in the wee hours. I can’t wait to see what new thing He’s going to teach me! I can’t wait to see the new sunrise He has (it’s never the same, and the new never gets old!). I can’t wait to learn the new lessons He has waiting for me.
When we find ourselves in a rut, I think it’s because we’ve stopped looking for the “new” that God has for us. I don’t mean that He is planning to blow us away every time we study the Word, or that He will entertain us with phenomenal experiences to keep us from feeling “bored.” I don’t mean that He’ll reveal new and hidden truth that no one’s ever seen before. But I do mean that because He is always at work, and He is a Creator by nature, we can go through the same old routines of our ordinary lives and never be bored in our walk with Him!
I will never be able to plumb the depths of His being, never be able to know all there is to know about Him. As I begin each day asking Him to teach me—I need to be in a state of expectancy, watching for what He wants to show me about Himself. Being receptive to the lessons He has for that day. I should have my eyes open for the surprises He has waiting for me. He is not a distant deity, but is active and involved in our lives.
If Jesus is your Savior—you are a new work of His! He’s taken your old life and transformed you into a new creation:
[box]Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17)[/box]
Nothing could be classified as “newer” than that!
But the new doesn’t stop there. He’s at work in your life as you yield to Him and allow Him to grow you into that new creation He birthed:
[box]“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up . . .” (1 Peter 2:2)[/box]
I’ve found that I’m more aware of the “new” works God is doing all around me when I’m sucking up that pure spiritual milk. As I’m saturating my heart and mind with Scripture, my eyes are opened wider, my ears are more finely tuned, my heart is more responsive . . . and the “new” can’t be missed. The new is happening everywhere!
The new is happening in my simple little life today, but I’m heading toward a dramatic and eternal “new” and you are, too:
[box]And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev. 21:5)[/box]
Only He can make all things “new.” Only He can step into our drab days and fill them with adventure. Only He can take this messed up world, and transform it into a perfect and new paradise for His glory.
If you’ve missed the new He has for you today, pause now and spend some time asking Him why. Then ask Him to open your heart to receive the new lessons He has for you.
What new thing is He doing in your life?
What new thing are you asking Him to do?
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