Has there been a time in life when you experienced a fresh start? Perhaps you are longing for one now. When we’re overwhelmed by ongoing battles or discouraged by setbacks, we can find refuge in God’s character and promises. The Creator of the cosmos is still creating and actively making all things new. He can refresh our spirits, renew our minds, and replenish our hope.
In Isaiah 43:19, we read a beautiful declaration spoken over the nation of Israel: “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 rivers in the desert.”
In this promise, we glean a beautiful reminder that God’s actions are always premeditated and connected to his character. The words “spring forth” show a fresh sprout emerging from the soil. New life is coming. However, when a plant grows, it is rooted in the identity of the seed. Some might say it is predictable. The same is true when God does something new in our lives. When He does a new thing, it is not something He has not done before. Instead, He is refreshing our reality with new hope and life. His action is not random, reactive, or unmeasured. Instead, when He does something new, it is always rooted in His eternal, unchanging nature and our identity as His children.
When reading God’s promise to do a new thing in Isaiah 43:19, it’s helpful to consider the rest of the chapter, which is titled in many Bibles as “Israel’s Only Savior.” In this chapter, God emphasizes a new life for the nation of Israel, and we see a similar declaration spoken over us in Ephesians 2:1-10. In reading Isaiah 43 and Ephesians 2:1-10 side-by-side, we see a beautiful picture of God doing a new thing in our lives.
Isaiah 43 begins in verse one with these words of identity: “But now thus says the LORD, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel.” Ephesians 2:10 makes a similar identity claim for us, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” God created the nation of Israel and us, and He actively works in the lives of His children.
Isaiah 43 continues with these identity proclamations:
“Because you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you…” Isaiah 43:4
“…everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7
God is committed to those He created and called. Whenever He intervenes in our lives—doing a new thing, providing a fresh start, or renewing our spirits—it is rooted in our identity as His beloved children.
A trademark of our identity is those redeemed by God. Similarly, Isaiah 43 speaks of God’s intervention and redemption of His children in verse 1, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine.”
Because God gives us new eternal life in Christ, we can trust that He will also renew us day by day. Romans 8:32 asks, “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?” His dedication to the newness of life does not stop at Calvary Hill, but progresses in our everyday lives.
Ephesians 2 begins with a death sentence. Verses 1-3 paint a solemn picture of what we are apart from Christ. It is as if we were sitting in a doctor’s office being told nothing else can be done. Yet in this case, hope enters in. We read these pivotal words in verse 4: “But God.” Consider these statements throughout the text and the progression from hopeless to being made new:
“You were dead in the trespasses and sins.” 2:1
“(You) were by nature children of wrath.” 2:3
“We were dead in our trespasses.” 2:5
“But God…” 2:4
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” 2:10
Do you see the transformation from what we were to what we now are? Jesus walked into that hopeless space and created the only cure.
God’s salvation plan not only secures eternal life for us, but also infuses our daily lives with purpose and intention. He spoke this purpose over Israel in Isaiah 43:10, “‘You are My witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.’”
We already looked at Ephesians 2:10 regarding our identity, which we see directly connected to our purpose, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
From before time began, God has had an incredible purpose for your life. As He is constantly making things new, you can be confident that He is actively carrying out His plan for your life.