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The Miracle of Newness


“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:19 (NAS)

In our world, we experience new things on a regular basis. Each new thing has a certain appeal. New fallen snow brings a sense of peace and quiet. A new canvas represents an unmarred opportunity for artistic expression. A new year is full of potential and is seen as an opportunity for change. New babies draw us in with their innocence.

Newness represents a fresh start without scar or blemish – it doesn’t carry the mark of past failure or success. It is untouched, unscarred, unaffected by previous choices or decisions.

In Isaiah God spoke to Israel about the creative work he was going to do on their behalf as a people and his chosen nation. The word used in this portion of scripture regarding God doing a new thing is the same word used in the creation story in Genesis.

“The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” Gen 1:2-3 (NAS)

God created the universe from darkness and nothingness. He did not approach creation with the logic of a human but rather with the omnipotence of God. He spoke the world into being. Man solves problems by considering the raw materials and then creating a logical, feasible response. This is not how God operates. He has a vision and can speak it into being. He is omnipotent and is not limited by the same factors that limit man.

This same creative power is at work in us through the person of the Holy Spirit. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV). This creative miracle happens at the point of salvation, and I believe God desires to continue to do new things in our life. The Holy Spirit possesses the character of the Godhead and has the same power and ability to create newness in our lives. He is not intimidated by past circumstances or choices that got us to this point. We tend to face each new day dragging junkfrom the past day, month or years of struggle behind us; however, the Holy Spirit is creative and specializes in new! Just as he declared to Israel that he would make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, he can work the same miracle in our lives.

As we face this new year, I encourage you to take a moment to consider two things. First ask yourself where you need God to do a new work in your life. Second ask him where he wants to do a new work in your life. Begin to cooperate with him as he reveals this work and trust him to complete this new thing in you. We look forward to hearing how the Spirit is doing a new work in you. Happy New Year!

Donna Downs

About the Author

Donna started working with the Lifetime board and staff in the fall of 2010 as they were redefining the mission and vision for the ministry. In May 2011, Donna assumed a permanent role and joined the Lifetime team as Executive Director. In this role, Donna provides leadership and direction for the team as they execute the vision that God has given for Lifetime.