The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

Isaiah 43: 18,19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
 
Is God, through Isaiah, saying one thing or two things in verse 18 above? Clearly two statements are involved, but together they really make just one point. This parallelism of meaning is frequently used in scripture to communicate and reinforce God’s message. Another parallelism then follows in verse 19 as to what new thing God is doing – making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. This is Hebrew poetry. Our poetry mostly uses rhythm and rhyme but Hebrew poetry uses meaning. Do you not perceive it?  So, for we who are not ancient Hebrews but modern Americans, God is maybe saying “keep your eyes on the windshield with just an occasional glance in the rear-view mirror”, OR, “be aware of but not preoccupied with, your disappointments and failures, or those of others, as you faithfully seek to move beyond them into a new day”.  May God safely guide you into a new day through whatever wildernesses, dry places or circumstances you may find, or even, perhaps, be stuck in the midst of right now on your life’s journey.  
Pastor Bill

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