nothing compared to what I am going to do

A Canyon, Gustave Dore, 1878

You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God — there never has been, and there never will be.
I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior.
First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
No foreign god has ever done this.
You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord.
“From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”
… 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…
“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.
The wild animals in the fields will thank me,
the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.

Isaiah 43:10 -13, 15-20

Protected from Pharaoh’s army, led to freedom and God’s purpose for them, the Israelites were rescued from Egyptian slavery (v.16-17). They walked through a path dried for them — water held back, purpose accomplished. And now, God does something new, for He who dried the sea, instead, opens a gushing river of life for His chosen ones (v. 19-20). Out from the dry wasteland of slavery (this time, not Egypt’s but sin’s slavery) He accomplishes the something new that the Red Sea crossing hinted at: Life now rushes forth as a fresh, bubbling stream, created by God, giving eternal life.

Through dried-up water that delivered out of Pharaoh’s slavery, and gushing, life-giving water that delivers out of sin’s slavery, there is no other Savior — there never has been, and there never will be.

He both dries, and creates. He gives life, and refreshes. And His something new is that with which nothing else compares:

Jesus replied, “…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13

God was there, opening a way through water, making a dry path through the sea — heavy water, dried with a word. And God’s pathway through wilderness also creates rivers in dry wasteland — dry wilderness, suddenly gushing with heavy water, all at His word. Both dried up, and created out of dryness, each water accomplishes His purpose for His chosen people.

If you’ve been chosen to know God, to believe in Him, to understand that He alone is Lord and Savior; if He predicted your rescue, and saved you, and proclaimed it to the world, none of it can be undone. You cannot be snatched. From eternity to eternity He is God — He is there, orchestrating your exodus out from sin’s slavery; and He is there, deluging your soul with His something new.

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Top painting: A Canyon, by Gustave Dore, 1878

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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