Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?Isaiah 43:19
In Isaiah the prophet is trying to clue people that God was about to do something amazing and powerful. They are in the middle of exile and God was readying his people. Yet he asks an important question:
Do you not perceive it?
He is asking, are you paying attention? Do you know what God is doing?
He asks this because they could’ve paid attention to a lot of other things. They could’ve paid attention to the looming war around them. They could’ve paid attention to the fact that they’re still exiled. They could’ve paid attention to the growing empires and their possible new captors. . And in doing so they would have missed what God would be doing.
I feel that the word for 2022 is for us to perceive.
What I’ve learned since 2020 is that the most important things happening in the world are not ever going to be reported on the news. The news envelopes our society in endless reports of fears, troubles, and wars. A person who listens to this, believes this is the totality of what’s happening in the world, will think that this is all that’s going on in the world. Inculcated within them are anxiety, hate, worry, and uncertainty. Yet in doing so, like the Israelites, they are at risk of missing out on the great things that God is doing.
I believe for 2022 it is important for the people of God to cling to faith communities where they perceive the move of God on. It is to ignore the efforts of the media cycle in our world to make us believe that all that’s going on in the world is doom and gloom. It is rather to be It is to be in faith communities where stories are regularly reported of God doing the impossible. Where He is rescuing people. Where he is redeeming. Where he is doing miracles.
This is not a call to negligence. This is a call to feed our hearts on the story of what God is doing. It is a call to spend our lives faithfully. It is to not be distracted by the rancor and the din of the world around us which wants to keep us distracted, anxious, and too worried to be doing the good work of God. That is the storyline in 2022 you don’t want to miss.
Behold, I believe God is doing a great new thing. Yet like that the Israelites, the prophet asks us:
Do you perceive it?