Verse of the Day Devotion Isaiah 42:9
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, Now I declare new things; Before they spring forth, I proclaim them to you.” – Isaiah 42:9
This is the last day of the year 2021. I want this Verse of the Day to bring good news to you as we move into 2022. We have a lot to be thankful for due to all God has done for us. But we also have much to look forward to as well. And that is what I want to focus on today.
Isaiah begins this idea with the following. “Do not call to mind the former things or ponder things of the past. 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 43:18-19. It is appropriate to put our trust in God’s past action like creation and the exodus, as well as His help and blessings He has provided to us. These facts should never be ignored or set aside, for they provide assurances about God’s character. But the prophet exhorts his listeners not to allow just God’s former miraculous deeds to influence our faith decisions, for God is still alive and can be trusted to direct the future of his people.
And it is important to look at what God has promised to do for us in the future. For believers, the life to come will be infinitely greater than the life we have lived and will continue to live down here. It is important that we look ahead with immense anticipation to what God has in store for us who love Him and put our complete and total trust in Him. It is more beautiful and wondrous than anything we have seen yet. Therefore, I want to end 2021 with what God revealed to the Apostle John of what this next life, our eternal life, will be like. And it will be amazing.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new. And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true. And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning, and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” Revelation 21:1-7.
God Bless you and may 2022 be the best year you have ever had.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.