Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and the rivers.”
I just took this picture of the sunrise this morning here in New Hampshire. One of the best things about Monday is the feeling of “New” permeating all around us. We wake up to a new day, a new week and a new outlook on our lives. Even if we had a rough night’s sleep, we can still wake to embrace the new day and everything it has to offer. I’m sure you have a lot to get done, and I’m right there with you, but how we view this new day is really about two ideas.
Hope. And trust. Do we trust God to provide for us like he provided food to fall from the sky for the Israelites while they were in the desert? Do we trust God to shut the mouths of the ravenous lions like he did for Daniel? Do we trust God to blow our minds like Jesus did for the sobbing crowd when he called in a loud voice “Lazarus! Come out!” He brought the Israelites food, protected Daniel from the lions, and raised Lazarus from the dead!
You and I have something pretty big in common – We don’t know what today, this week or the rest of our lives really look like. We have the choice this morning to put our hope and trust in God, or to just take our best shots on our own. How you view God and how he is working in your life is incredibly important to your present and your future.
Lamentations 3:22-24 says “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
His mercies ARE new every morning. His faithfulness IS great. God will take care of me, and he will take care of you. He will help you need him most, and he will strengthen you and help you find your courage when you feel like you have nothing left. You are not without hope. You can always trust him. God loves you, and has brought you this new day for the work he will do in you and the world around you.