God renews our purpose
I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick. “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:15-19
When we lose our sense of who God is, we don’t just lose religion; we lose everything worth living for. But God wants to give it all back. He has a purpose for us yet, even in our brokenness. This is what God is saying through Isaiah. In essence this is what He says from our text; “I created you for my glory. And I want to fill your life with an inspiring new sense of destiny.” God intends to renew and transform the whole universe (see Isaiah 65:17; 66:22). That’s His goal. And He begins with us. He wants to renew in us a passionate clarity pursuing His purpose for our life. God wants to do something beautiful to break into the monotonous and the mundane that characterize our life in the present. When we lose our capacity to anticipate that God’s mercies are new each day, either we settle into life's ruts or miss the new ways that He will reenact the exodus in our life and to lead us through some Red Sea barrier confronting us today; “I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea” (Isaiah 43:16). When we lose sight of God’s purpose, we expect little and we get used to the ruts of life. Let us take God at His word; “I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!” (Isaiah 43:19). If we trust Him enough to follow Him, we will find that He will not give up fulfilling what He purposed to accomplish in our life. “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6). He is the true God, the only Savior, and He will have it known so that our life will magnify the glory of His grace through the joy expressed as we serve and honor Him. All of these He will do so that they who made Him the Lord of their life “will someday honor Him [me] before the whole world” (Isaiah 43:21).
Noel De Guzman