A New Thing

August 11, 2016
by Iris Ford

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. (NIV 2011)

Last summer, I was in the hospital suffering from very high blood pressure, when the doctor tried something new on me. He put the pill aside and just gave me the liquid medicine to drink. It worked. The Lord had done a new thing and I had my life back again. I was allergic to the other things that they used to make up the pills. "A new thing, Iris" — and it saved my life. Thank You, Lord!

Are you feeling tired and fed up today, wishing that your days could be brightened by something new and different? Look what God is saying to you in today's Scripture: Forget what is past, especially those things that didn't please you. You are tired and fed up with trying. Don't dwell on the past. All the past does is tire and deflate us, and we are not satisfied with our lives. What can we do about it?

If we are growing old and past retirement, even past "old age", much of what we feel is normal aging, but the Lord still promises us a new thing that He is doing. Wow, that is exciting! Just thinking about the possibilities gives me the shivers.

Yes, the Lord is "making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland". Can you and I not perceive it? Maybe we are not close enough to the Lord for His activity in our lives to show up. Perhaps we are in the wasteland in some way? What might we be wasting: our time, our health, our money? Are we ignoring our neighbour's needs, or failing to follow through on a promise? And yet God speaks to us in the Scriptures, through Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, Who is always seeking to lead us beyond our daily wasteland.

I wonder where He is leading us today. As we follow the Lord, we may be sure that our days will contain the needed direction. All we must do is to keep praying and trusting Him as the streams flow past wasted days, for the Lord promises a new way.

Indeed, He is showing you and me how to be happy serving Him in whatever way is needed. For sure, it will be along a road that we had at first ignored, but now His light reveals the way to the new thing, the God-worked thing. We just need to trust Him and follow His leading. Wow, how wonderful!

What new thing are you expecting God to do in your life today?

Prayer: Lord, show us the way to follow Your will as we live through each day. We thank You for giving our lives a great joy with new and lively things to do. Your power brings about a new thing, changing what we do with eternal light and love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Iris Ford
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    I am glad you are feeling better.


    He will do a new thing in your life.


    Great words of encouragement Iris. God bless.


    Thank You!! Encouragement for those of us who are no longer young.


    You continue to inspire me, Iris. You’re in my daily prayers, too. Blessings.


    Hi Iris,
    Good message and thanks for your thoughts. Well said. Glad you are feeling better.


    Thankful to God that you are better. I appreciate your devotional today. God bless you.
    (ON)


    Hello Iris! Yes, the Lord’s blessings are new every morning. We never know what He has in store for us. So exciting! One day at a time, that’s all we are given. Trust you are having a great day today.


    Glad you are better! Great to know that God is able to do “new things” in all sorts of life situations.
    Thank you, Iris.
    God bless you.


    Hi Iris,
    Thank you for sharing this story. I am so pleased for you that the liquid medicine is helping you.
    Blessings.


    Iris Ford you don’t know how appropriate your devotion was for me today. Struggling with circumstances which I can’t control.
    Facing a move. Not sure what it is going to be like for me. But life will go on and God will do a new thing; Just like He has always done in the past.
    God’s rich blessing rests on you and He will give you joy today.


    Good morning, Iris,
    Your message is exactly what I need today! Thinking of the past seems to be something uppermost in my life so much of the time. Not that that’s a bad thing, but not good when it affects me adversely.
    Thank you for your encouraging words.
    Blessings.


    Good Morning Iris,
    You talked about your experience in the hospital and what an important change from the pill and how it changed your situation for the better. A simple situation recently took place that led me to think it was my chair.
    Needless to say, we went shopping for a new one. Believe me, this new chair is a miracle. God is so good!!!
    The Lord bless you real good and keep you well.


    Dear Iris,
    This really fits the both of us!
    Indeed, He is showing you and me how to be happy serving Him in whatever way is needed. For sure, it will be along a road that we had at first ignored, but now His light reveals the way to the new thing, the God-worked thing. We just need to trust Him and follow His leading. Wow, how wonderful!
    Thanks, Keep writing.

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