“See, I am doing a new thing!” Isa 43:19 NIV
Can you imagine Moses’ surprise when God talks to him from a burning bush? As doors shut without explanation, Paul is surprised by a man from Macedonia calling to him in a vision, “Come over here and help us” (Ac 16:9 TLB). Well, He’s still the God of surprises Who says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Ah, there’s the challenge—our perception. We fail to recognize God at work! Maybe you’re saying, “I’ve prayed, claimed God’s promises, done all I know to do, yet nothing seems to be working for me.” Then try this promise: “Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you” (Isa 30:18). Notice the word “wait.” God has a plan and a timetable. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Pr 19:21 NIV). Even when your plans flounder, if your heart’s right God will still make things turn out for your good and His glory. When it comes to God’s guidance, here are some things you need to know: First, ideas go away, but His direction stays. There’s persistence in His leading; that’s why time is on your side. Second, His direction is impossible to follow without His help. He plans it that way. “Without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5 NKJV). Third, His direction usually begins with discomfort. “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest…The Lord…led him” (Dt 32:11-12 NIV). A baby eagle is shocked when its mother forces it out of the nest. But that’s when it “finds its wings.” Think about it!
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