Summary: Using the prophesy of Isaiah, understand how God can do a "new thing" in your life regardless of your situation. Message was delivered as a capital campaign was launched for a building program.
A New Thing
Text: Isaiah 43:18 – 19
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 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.
Many of us here this morning, if we’re honest with ourselves would admit that we have
• Areas of our lives where we are dissatisfied, have no joy
• We’ve made promises that we haven’t been able to keep
• We’ve experienced failure and set backs
• We’ve not sure how we can pay today’s bills, let alone how we can contribute more to the church.
But the beauty of Isaiah’s words to us is quite simple - It’s not over until God says it’s over. God is more interested in your future than your past. Amen?
Let me share with you the story, the narrative behind our text and the basis of today’s message. In this 43rd chapter the prophet Isaiah is doing what he does best – serves as a mouthpiece for the Lord during one of the most trying times in the history of the Israelites.
At this time the Israelites are being held captive in Babylon and are at their lowest point. They’re not just discouraged but fully defeated, deflated and depressed. Anyone been there?
Well at this low point, God sends a word through the prophet Isaiah. He sends a message because God knew that His people needed some reassurance. And went about reassuring them in this 43rd chapter by first telling of Who He Is.
• In verse 1, He tells them that He is their Creator –the One who made them out of nothing.
• In verse 3, He tells them that He is their Lord – that He is the One loves them and that they are precious in His sight.
• In verse 14, He tells them That He is their Redeemer – that He is all they need when in bondage.
• Then in verse 15, He tells them that He is the Holy One – that He is the one who keeps His promises.
If I was facing a major challenge in my life, had some hills to climb, some giants to deal with, some raging rivers to cross . . . These are things that would reassure me, how about you?
Well if that wasn’t enough, in verses 16 and 17 He reminds them of the great things that He had done for their fore fathers. Brought them out of bondage in Egypt, then in the middle of the Red Sea, He made a highway for His people and a graveyard for their enemies. God is all powerful. Witness?
If you’re not sure, think about what the Lord has done for us . . .
• some of us faced pharaoh’s army in the form of a doctor’s diagnosis that death was our destination;
• some of us faced pharaoh’s army when we lost a job or found ourselves not being able to pay our bills;
• As a church family, we faced pharaoh’s army when our church building was falling down around us and we were few in numbers . . . amen?
But in every one of those situations, somebody is a witness to the fact that God made a way out of what seemed, no way. Can I get a witness?