Weekly Devotional: A New Thing

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“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, NIV

For many people, change can be intimidating and perhaps even frightening. However, change can also be good; it can be a fresh start, a new opportunity or even a shift in perspective.

As Christians, we do not have to be afraid when change comes. God has control of our future and our fears. He is working in us and doing a new thing. Even if we do not fully understand where our future is going or God’s plan for our lives, we can celebrate that He is working and knows what is best for us each hour, day and year of our lives.

The Old Has Gone; The New Is Here

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

If we have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation, we have been made new. We are no longer the people we were before we became Christians. We are children of God.

With this change comes hope and peace. Our old selves are gone because we are new creations and different than we once were. Unlike some changes that can be painful or scary, this change is one of celebration as we have been made new and found hope in our Savior.

“I once was lost, but now I'm found was blind, but now I see” — John Newton, “Amazing Grace”

The Constant in Change

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” — Hebrews 13:8, NIV

On the other hand, Jesus never changes even as time passes and we change. He is the same as he has always been. This can be quite comforting to know that even if we mess up or stray from him, he still loves us deeply.

He will never abandon us or take back his promises. In a world full of change, he is our constant hope. We can depend on him, no matter what the rest of the world looks like, if everything is going well or if everything is crashing down.

Trusting God With Our Future

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” — Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV

No matter where changes take us, we can rely on God and His plan for us. We have been made new by Him and He is not going anywhere. He will be with us for each of our steps and guide us through life as we pursue Him. As change and newness come, we can celebrate and have joy because we have Him with us.

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