April 3: God Is Doing Something New…

Psalm 126 — Setting the scene

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Isaiah 43:16–21 — Earlier moves of God point the way to change now

Don’t look for a repeat of what has gone before but discern His purposes now

16-17 This is what the Lord says — He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

Reflection

QUESTION What was the last ‘new thing’ of God we experienced? What is our expectation of a move of God now?

John 12:1-8 — Mary does a new thing in the way she honours Jesus

Her gesture in anointing him is an unintentional prophetic act

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

Reflection

SUMMARY People in Mary’s village then would have been taken aback by the ‘new thing’ being talked about, her unexpected and dramatic action. Believers numbering billions now are in awe of her display of heartfelt devotion.

Philippians 3:4b-14 — Knowledge can impede God’s new work in us

Paul counts former attainments as rubbish compared with knowing the Lord

4b-6 If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

Reflection

SUMMARY ​​The new thing that God was doing in Paul’s life was costly. As a Jew he had plenty to be proud of — but his pride in having a first-class degree in religious zeal had to be broken.

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Ian Greig

Ian Greig

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Husband+Father | Missional Christian | Author+ Speaker+Creator — offering ‘Faith without the Faff’ to encourage those not attracted to a formal club-like church