“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
Are you currently experiencing a wilderness in your life? For the nations of Israel, living in captivity in Babylon and Assyria was their “wilderness experience.” For seventy (70) years they were removed from those things which they loved the most—their land, their temple, and most importantly, their God.
God, through His prophet Isaiah, sent words of consolation to Israel during their wilderness experience. He promised to do a new thing. “New” in Hebrew (chadash) means to renew, rebuild, or repair.
God promised Israel that He would not only renew, rebuild, repair that which was loss during the exile, but He would also, do the impossible—“make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” God would revive Israel physically and spiritually. “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3).
Wilderness experiences are times in our lives when we lack those things that bring us happiness, contentment, and peace. Wilderness experiences are different for everyone.
For some people the wilderness may be relational—failed, estranged, or disappointing relationships. For others the wilderness may be professional—pursuit of the right vocation or personal significance. For still others, wilderness experiences may be experiential—moments of personal loss, loneliness, or misfortune.
No two wildernesses are the same.
During wilderness experiences we may feel alone and isolated. We may even feel God has left us and no longer hears our prayers. Is God with us in our wilderness? He answers, “Yes!” It’s in His Word (Psa. 91:15; Isa.43:2; Isa. 49:15).
Regardless of the type of wilderness experience, we can trust God to do a new thing in our lives. He can renew, rebuild, and repair our lives in spite of the brokenness we may experience (Psa. 130:5). After our wilderness experience, God will also do the impossible by bringing us back to a healthy, vigorous and flourishing condition (Isa. 40:31). This revival includes intimacy with Him where there is true happiness, contentment, and peace (Rev. 21:7). God creates new things in our wilderness. “…now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?” (Isa. 43:19b)