Isa.43:18,19 – Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
“Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert”.
Isa.43:18,19 – TPT – Stop dwelling on the past.
Don’t even remember these former things.
I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.
Even now it sprouts and grows and matures.
Don’t you perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and open up flowing streams in the desert.
The Lord lives in a constant state of renewal. If you take a minute and think about Him, He is eternal, omnipotent, and omniscient. He has always been, He is limitless in power and in wisdom. In other words all things are possible and anything can happen. In today’s passage the Lord is telling the children of Israel that God is not limited by what He did in the past no matter how great in was. He is promising to do new things in the future, not only new things but bigger and better than ever before. When Jesus broke on the scene no one had seen the flurry of miracles in the past. Could He be saying that another bigger and better wave of miracles is still ahead of us? I believe He is. This is how Calvin describes this verse.
“This shews more clearly what the Prophet meant in the preceding verse, for he declares that there shall be “a new work,” that is, a work unheard of and uncommon, and which, on account of its greatness and excellence, shall throw into the shade the reputation of all other works; in the same manner as the brightness of the sun, when it fills heaven and earth, causes the stars to disappear. Now it shall arise. He means that the time shall not be long. Yet these things were not so speedily accomplished; but, if we look to God, four hundred or even a thousand years are counted as a moment before him;”
What does all of this have to do with the beginning of a new year? I believe the greatest miracles ever are ahead for His church. In other words no matter what you have seen you haven’t seen anything yet. 2023 will be quite a year.