Scripture: verses 16 through 19
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,
who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
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.
Observation: This passage begins with a reference to Exodus 14, the crossing of the Red Sea. The people of Israel were trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh and his army, intent on killing (or possibly capturing) them all. God opened a path through a sea, and then collapsed the water onto the army when the Egyptians tried to follow. He displayed His power, and also reminded His people that He was ready and willing to rescue them.
And now God says that He is doing a new thing, but the new thing looks like the old thing: He is making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The impassable has become passable.
God wants to remind me that He is powerful, and that He is ready and willing to rescue me when I am stuck.
I don’t know what your wilderness is. I barely know what mine are. I’m pretty sure keeping the house clean is one. Recently I realized I’ve been having panic attacks, so I expect there’s some sort of wilderness behind those. But the point is that it doesn’t really matter what my wilderness is. What matters is that God is opening up a new path that was never there before.
Application: Look for the new way, the new path, the new river. He is making a way through.
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because you are the well that never runs dry. Making new ways and new spaces does not drain you. Thank you for opening new ways for me. Help me to see them and go where they lead. Amen.