The Lord is Doing a New Thing – You Can Begin Again!
Isaiah 43:18-19 – “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.” (ESV)
Recently in a conversation I was reminded of the prodigal son who demanded his inheritance from his father and then wasted it in a faraway country with sinful living. Life must have gotten pretty rough for him after he had spent all of his money. He had time enough to reflect on his arrogant behavior and poor decisions as he struggled to keep himself alive among people who did not know him and did not love him. But when he realized his mistake and came to repentance in his heart, he returned to his father who was waiting for him with open arms. His father welcomed him and restored him to the status he once enjoyed as his father’s son. The son came pleading his case, but he could not restore himself. Only the forgiveness of and reconciliation with his father could restore him. The father made it possible for his son to begin again. (Luke 15:11-31)
In Isaiah 43, we witness a rebellious Israel being pursued by a loving God who offered a bold proclamation of His love for Israel and his promise of redemption and restoration for the people. We witness God waiting for His people to return.
In Isaiah 43:1-2, the Lord reaffirms His covenant with Israel. He reminds them of His promise of deliverance and protection.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:1-2 (ESV)
What a loving commitment to a people who had repeatedly rejected Him and chosen to indulge in the sinful lifestyle of the idol worshipping nations around them. But our gracious God was extending his hand toward His people to restore them back to Himself. God was calling His people to return to Him and He would forgive their sin. “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins (Isaiah 43:25 NKJV).
But Israel had to be willing to forget the past and willing to move forward to experience the new thing that God would do in the lives of His people. An important part of moving forward was submitting themselves to the Father in repentance. “Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.” (Isaiah 43:26 NKJV). Only the Father through His forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration could make it possible for them to begin again.
What rebellion in your life has led you away from the Lord? You cannot restore yourself, but He has promised to forgive if you will return in confession and repentance. Isaiah 1:18 declares it, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (ESV). The Father is waiting — to forgive, reconcile, and restore —to do a new thing in your life and give you the opportunity to begin again.
The King is coming. Are you ready?