Friday, January 5

Isaiah 43:16-21

16 Thus says the Lord,
    who makes a way in the sea,
    a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariot and horse,
    army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
    they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18 Do not remember the former things,
    or consider the things of old.
19 I am about to do 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.
20 The wild animals will honor me,
    the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
    rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21     the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.


Throughout time, uncertainty and fear have found a way to enter our lives. Whether it be due to famine, natural disaster, violence, or many of the other things that torment our lives, we are reminded that God is always with us. Today’s reading from Isaiah is a good reminder of God’s character. His power and grace have always—and will always— sustain us. In fact, in verse 21, it seems like God created us to be intertwined with His identity . . . and thus, His character is reflected in us. We should see Him and feel His presence and comfort in those around us. As we feel God’s comfort, we should look forward. Isaiah 43:18 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Oh, this can be so hard to do! In a church with a history of things that seem to be running perfectly, it’s hard to accept change. In every aspect of our lives, sometimes it just feels safer to keep things the way they are. We are set in our ways, and sometimes afraid of things going wrong if we make a change. But our faith in God will provide us a future that is far better than anything we’ve known in the past. We should not view the future with fear, but with expectation. With the help of God, the best is yet to come!


Heavenly Father, we know You created us in Your image. We know You are always there in times of trial and in times of change. Help us to feel You with us every step of the way, and to expect great things! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Alicia Huntley Director of Small Groups Ministries