Bible Society of South Africa

Stuck in a rut - 9 May 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

19Watch for the new thing I am going to do.

It is happening already — you can see it now!

I will make a road through the wilderness

and give you streams of water there.

Isaiah 43:19GNBOpen in Bible reader

Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck in a rut? Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing for so long that it feels like you’re going through the motions. Or perhaps you’re facing a difficult situation that seems insurmountable, and you’re not sure how to move forward. In times like these, it’s easy to lose hope and wonder if anything will ever change.

Isaiah 43:19 offers us a message of hope and reassurance. God tells us that he is doing a new thing, that he is making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. This verse reminds us that no matter how bleak our circumstances may seem, God is at work, and he is able to make a way where there seems to be no way.

Throughout the Bible, God has shown himself to be a God of new beginnings. He created the world out of nothing, and he has the power to create something new in our lives as well. Sometimes, the new thing that God is doing may not be immediately apparent to us. It may require us to step out in faith and trust him to lead us in a new direction. But if we are willing to follow his lead, we can be confident that he will guide us to where we need to go.

So if you’re feeling stuck or unsure about the future, take heart in the words of Isaiah 43:19. Remember that God is doing a new thing, and that he is making a way for you. Ask him to give you the faith and courage to follow his lead, even when it’s difficult. And trust that he will guide you to a place of hope and new beginnings.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise in Isaiah 43:19. Help us to trust you to lead us in a new direction, even when it’s difficult or uncertain. Give us the faith to believe in the new thing that you are doing in our lives. Amen

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