Looking for a Change

Feb 1, 2017Written Devotionals

“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’                                                           – Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

There are plenty of times when we resist change.  We’re comfortable with the status quo and don’t want any changes.  But then there are times when we want a change of our circumstances.  Whether it’s a relationship, career issues, our housing or just an overall sense of knowing something needs to change, we long for and dream about what it would be like with a change.

I have found THAT when I feel a change is necessary God usually has ways of bringing that change about in ways I hadn’t considered.  When I’m struggling with my situation, I often create scenarios that would remedy my circumstances.  I freely give my advice to God.  I have noticed however that He almost never does things the way I suggest!

Rather, God works out His will in my life most often in ways beyond my thinking.

Here in Isaiah, God is telling us He is doing a “new” thing.  He even states how He will “make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  If He is making a road in the wilderness, I am lead to believe it’s a path not yet traveled.  Who looks for a river in the desert?  But that’s just what God is doing.  That way hasn’t been considered, yet He is making that road for me.  Like a river is unexpected in a desert, so His “new thing” in my life probably won’t be something I planned.  After all, if I can imagine it, plan for it and see my way clear to it, why would I need God to make it happen?  His ways, most often, are beyond my normal way of thinking and I must resist the temptation to plan out all my steps and therefore, say to God, “this is how this should work out.”

It’s tempting to remember how things worked in the past and make a plan solely off of how God once did something special in your life.  While remembering the past and seeing Godly principles from those past experiences is helpful, don’t limit yourself to thinking God will only work this one way.  He wants to do new things in our life on a regular basis – He can’t be limited to just doing things one certain way.

Are you hungry for a change?  Need a change of jobs, or housing or just a change of your surroundings? Good! You’re in a position to see God do a mighty work in your life.  Do your due diligence, but remember God most often works things out in ways you haven’t spent time considering.  Go ahead and pack your bags, but keep an open mind on where you are going and how you’re getting there!

Blessings my friend!

Jeff Millslagle





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