I had to wrinkle my nose today when I saw the “verse of the day” from my Bible app:
“For I am about to do something new” ~Isaiah 43:19
About this time every year for many years past, it seems as though God has been on a broken record player, for he is often quoted as saying,
“This, my beloved church, is your year! Your time! You will never guess what is going to happen because…
You are coming into a new season.”
I want you to think about it– have you heard this? How many times? How many years? Does it seem more convincing when “famous” Christians prophesy it?
God is Doing Something Old
I do not doubt that God is doing something new, every year. For after all, “his compassions never fail. They are new every morning” (Lam. 3:32-33), and we are, like CS Lewis has written, called “further up and further in” (The Last Battle), like 2 Corinthians 3:18 says,
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
But let me suggest this:
God is doing something old this year.
Something he has been doing since the dawn of creation, something that for most of us began when Christ rose from the dead, tearing the veil in two and taking back the keys to death and hell.
God is bringing his creation back into right relationship with Himself, and he is using you and I to do some of that.
So this year, just come and join the old Army and lead the troops God has entrusted to your care further up and into Christ.
Sure, God is doing something new. But the sweet old fragrance of the Cross, and the rainbows of the coming spring hearken back to a treasure and a banner of love we want to hoist to the highest point for all to find in this New Year.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” ~Matt. 13:52
Happy New Year, all, and remember the beautiful old thing God has done and keeps doing in your life year by year by year by year.
Keep the Faith, Expectantly!