God Is Doing a New, Old Thing

My husband is in the other room watching a football game to relax. As I passed through, I heard one commentator say, “I’ve often thought I’ve seen everything there is to see in football   —then I go to another game.”

I’ve often thought the same thing about really good church services. Folks there sometimes say, “God is doing a new thing.” I agree. But I’m not talking about some of those new fads that pop up occasionally; I’m talking about the fact that God is not stagnant. His presence is always fresh and exhilarating!

The Lord God said in His word: Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19).

Rivers move! They certainly are not stagnant. It’s a good thing too, because stagnant waters draw mosquitoes, and you know what they do; they suck the life’s blood out of you. Rivers, on the other hand, are teeming with life –life that feeds the hungry.

Dear reader, many folks today are living in spiritual deserts. They are dry and hungry, and need now, more than ever, to be refreshed by the river of life. And the good news is; if you are a child of God, that river flows right out of you. C’mon, sing this old Christian chorus with me:

I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me!
Makes the lame to walk, and the blind to see!
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free.
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me!

Spring up, O’ well, within my soul!
Spring up, O’ well, and make me whole!
Spring up, O’ well, and give to me,
That life, abundantly!

God is healing the sick and setting the captives free; nothing new there. He has been doing that since days of old. But consider this: if you and everyone in your church will stir that which is stagnant, and allow God’s miraculous river of life to flow out of you; a mighty torrent of God’s power will surely flow out of the building and into the streets. And when people are touched by that river, they will start doing some wonderful new things themselves. Yes, my friend, God is doing a new thing!

¹Song Lyrics and music by L. Casebolt

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