Do a New Thing!


Then watch what happens

By Patrick G Howard

The January Focus of the Month is the first of the twelve-part series – Making 2019 Your Best Year Yet: Realizing God’s Plan for You.

I must admit that I’m experiencing major writer’s block right now.

It’s January. It’s a new year. The world is full of possibilities. Resolutions are fresh and still unbroken. (Well, some of them are.) We’re ready to make 2019 the best year ever. In January, I frequently write about new beginnings and new possibilities, but this year seems different.

What can I say that you haven’t already heard?

I don’t need to tell you how to create goals. You already know what bad habits you want to kick to the curb this year. Our focus on the Lesson of the Talents is just a few months old, so I’m sure you’re still developing your untapped spiritual gift. (You are, aren’t you?)

Sometimes when I have writer’s block, it’s because I want to write about one thing, and God wants me to write about something else. You see, there is a verse that has been nudging me for the past several weeks; and I think that God wants me to share it with you.

You know that I rarely take anything out of context to make a point. (At least not intentionally.) There is a danger in cherry picking verses to say what you want, because that is how the bible becomes misunderstood. However, I think that there are times when God will use a single verse, even when it is out of context, to send a message that I need to hear.

This is one of those times.

Our focus this month comes from Isaiah 43:19. The Lord said:

Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs forth; do you not perceive it?

Isaiah 43:19

You may recall that this verse is part of God’s promise to deliver victory to Israel over the Babylonian army. And while we (hopefully) won’t be going into battle in the literal sense, we all have struggles that we need God’s help to defeat. All we need to do is ask.

Do you need help with a habit? Ask.

Do you need help with a business decision? Ask.

Do you need to be courageous? Ask.

Do you need help with writer’s block? Ask.

Ask God for what you need and watch how He works in your life. And by the way, His plan for you is often different than your plan for you; so don’t stand in His way while He’s working.

The next time you’re struggling with something, no matter how big or small, focus on the words of Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I am doing a new thing.

Then ask for God’s help and watch as He does a new thing in your life.