“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.” — Isaiah 43:19
A New Thing
In Matthew 9:16-17, Jesus gives a beautiful illustration of a new thing. In verse 16, He tackles the idea of putting new fabric on worn-out clothes, cautioning that the new cloth will shrink and make the clothing worse than it was before. In verse 17, He follows with new wine going into old wineskins, warning that the wine would ferment and make the wineskins burst, losing everything. He then tells them to instead get a new wineskin so that the wine and the skins are preserved.
New ideas, new considerations and a new way of life require a new vessel. Can you keep the same, old mindset and walk in God’s new thing? No.
When I was younger and my grandmother would ask for help cooking, I would quickly say “yes” and assume that it would be just like all the times before. I would get ahead of her and start pulling out all the things I thought she needed — opening boxes, gathering bowls and collecting ingredients — only to find out that she was trying a new thing. We do the same with God. We come with our preconceived notions and anticipated thoughts, only to find out that God is up to something new.
“New” by definition means to do something that has not been done before; to be a part of something that has never been discovered; to simply introduce what has never been. Will you allow God to prepare your heart for His new thing?
— Fleceia Comeaux, NWSL’s Houston Dash co-chaplain
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