Behold, I am doing a new thing… Isaiah 43:19 ESV
i often find it very hard to do something new or to do something old in a new way. Do you? We all know change is inevitable, but we resist change until we’re forced to comply. Maybe I’m just talking about myself…
I take comfort in the fact that Jesus never changes. He is the same today, yesterday and forever. That comforts me because I know that no matter what He is the same. His love for me is the same. His forgiveness is the same. His restoration is the same.
Yet there have been times throughout scripture when God did a new thing. Just think about it for a minute:
God called Abram and started a nation with a covenant
God sent His Son, Jesus, as the new covenant
God created the world by His spoken word
God destroyed the earth with a flood
The truth of WHO God is and WHAT He is capable of NEVER change so His message never changes. Now with that settled, we know the gospel is salvation by Christ alone through His work alone.
But sometimes God does a new thing. Just like in the verse from Isaiah. God does not change, but He may do a new thing. Here are a few more examples:
God lived among His people in a cloud by day and fire by night
Then God dwelt in a tent
Then in a tabernacle
Now inside believers
He did not change, but He did a new thing.
That leads me to you. Is God calling you to do a new thing? You may feel a little uncertainty. Maybe some excitement and nervousness at the same time. You may have even had people confirm this new thing whether they knew they did or not.
Let the photo at the beginning of this post be for you. This is the sign you’ve been looking for… If you feel the Holy Spirit tugging you, pushing you or urging you to do a new thing, just do it.
The message of Christ will never change, but God gives us the privilege and responsibility of sharing His message. In so doing, He may very well be calling you, yes you, to do a new thing to reach a certain group of people for His glory.
If you’re being called to do a new thing - this is the sign you’ve been looking for.