“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 4:19
I remember reading passages like this as a young Christian and getting so excited. I would think, “God’s going to do something new and great in my lfe!”. Then I would start looking for the opportunity that was surely coming. As days went by without anything starting, though, I’d grow confused, and honestly a bit miffed. And a verse that started out as a promise became a disappointment.
I thought nothing was happening, but that was wrong. You see, I took those verses to mean something was going to change outwardly for me – in other words, my circumstances. I looked for a job or ministry or relationship improvement to arise, because that’s what I wanted from God. When nothing developed, I went on to assume God had given me a “no’’.
I don’t know when I made the turn, but at some point it dawned on me – or rather God revealed to me – that He might be planning to make an inward kind of change in me. At first I didn’t like the idea. I wanted God to give me something to do. But the more I studied scripture, the more I learned of His greatest desire. It became clear He was concerned with making His way into the wilderness of my heart, making a way for streams of His living water to flow.
Practically speaking, God knew I was full of pride, self-seeking and stubbornness. He knew the work that needed doing inside, and how much I would resist it. But He couldn’t use me as I was, because the faultiness within would show itself in what came out of me. The inner renewal had to come before new callings could be given.
How about you – are you willing to accept the quiet new things God wants to do within? Remember this: those kinds of changes are the beginning of an exciting new mission He will send you out to do.