“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 desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

Everything God gives is pure, unsullied, and fresh. He does not deal in the stale! Never is there disappointment with the untarnished, faultless things of God.

When we lived in Sierra Leone in West Africa, we would hear the radio announcer speak in his Krio language of a drink that he called “plenty fresh!” That phrase would fit well referring to all God’s gifts which indeed are “plenty fresh!” The world is always offering us its goods as something amazing and new. More often than not they are the same old things packaged and dressed up differently.

Like the Athenians in the days of Paul, we may find ourselves talking about things that in time become old and dull. But each day of this past month’s readings have called us to ponder the new blessings of God. And they will never grow old! His mercies are new every morning, as we know from Lamentations 3:23. Even when a day has been marked by sorrow, disappointment, or pain, the newness and presence of our Lord greet us in the morning as surely as the newly-rising sun.




Scripture Focus

Revelation 21:1-7

Insight

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus who will make a new creation of you. When He says He is “doing a new thing,” He means it!

Bible In A Year

  • Exodus 11-12
  • Psalm 31
  • Mark 11