“Thus saith the Lord , which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 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. The beast of the field shall honor Me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people have I formed for Myself; they shall shew forth My praise.” Isaiah 43:16-21
All of the work done within us is done by The Lord through the operation of the Holy Spirit Who dwells within us. God reminds us that it was He Who incomprehensibly parted the Red Sea and also Who brought it down upon the Egyptian army, all for His people. He reminds us that it was He Who held back the waters and made the dry path across the Jordan River, all for His people. Yet, He says to remember not the former things.
Well, those former things were the lives left behind, on the Egyptian side of the Red Sea, and on the wilderness side of the Jordan River, not His work! He wants us to remember the work He has done, always! When we speak of our old lives, we are not to reminisce about them and dwell upon them as though they were somehow better than the lives He now provides to us. We are to look at them through the lens of God’s eye, and see the redemptive work He has done.
The Way in the wilderness is Jesus entering into those lost lives we once lived, directing us out of them. The rivers in the desert is the Holy Spirit entering into us, as once dead in spirit, and flowing out of us as Living Waters. As we live this new life with Christ and experience the empowering of the Holy Spirit within us, our thirst is quenched continually and forevermore.
It is all blessing. It is all freely given to those who believe. It is the imparting of mercy and the dispensation of grace that evidences God in our lives. As we allow Him to change us, to reign over our hearts and lives, He does with us the miraculous. He uses us to draw in others.
We were chosen by Him, bought with the price of His blood, and as such, we belong to Him. We were formed for Him, made originally in His image, and reborn to exhibit His holy righteousness. God says, not so we might, and not so we glory in ourselves, but that we shall show forth His praise.
We cannot take our talent and bury it. We cannot set our candle under a bushel. We cannot allow our lamps to run dry of oil. If God be truly within us, changing us day by day, we will shine forth His glory, as a city on a hill, and allow Him to work through us to draw men to Himself. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” (John 12:32)
God has done all of this, within and without. He went to the Cross and died for all. He changes lives one by one. He uses us to draw one another to Himself that we can both be saved and experience relationships with one another in His image and His design.
“I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy Name, O thou most High.” Psalm 9:1&2