This is what the LORD says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon, forcing the Babylonians to flee in those ships they are so proud of; I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator and King. I am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick. "But forget all that- it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:14-19 (NLT)
A while back I wrote a devotional called I Can Fix That. It talked about how we can sometimes try to fix what's wrong in our lives when all we had to do was turn it over to God to fix. We don't always believe He can, or that He will.
Today's text is full of assurances. He is, in essence, telling those in Babylonian captivity to remember how He delivered them in the past, and watch what He'll do in the future. The passage refers to the death of Pharaoh's army as they followed the Hebrews into the Red Sea. But God is saying, "don't think about the past; I'm doing a new thing." That's something to praise God for because if He can bring us out of prior painful situations, He will take us forward into new and bright futures - new opportunities, new blessings. There are times we must remember what God has already done, in order to get a picture of what He will yet do. How many of us have ever said to ourselves, "How am I going to make it?" I encourage you to carefully ponder today's scripture passage. Read it slow in the context of your difficult situation and see what God speaks to your heart. I particularly like Isaiah 43:19 where God is saying He will make a roadway in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. That's good news because He wasn't just doing those things in the Biblical culture; He's doing those things right now!
Nothing ever happens in our lives that is outside of God's control. He is the sovereign God and He oversees the entire universe. God doesn't miss anything! We all have to keep that in mind when life gets hard - and it does. Loving the Lord and serving Him doesn't guarantee us a problem-free life. But it does guarantee heavenly help when we need it. . . and when we Let. God. Do it.