New Things

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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).

Changing of seasons is one thing I have always loved about living in West Virginia. Winter, at times, seems to drag on too long. However, following on its heels is Spring. 

Spring always involves new things. Flowers bloom. Trees become green again. At my home, a family of birds builds a new nest in the awning right outside of our kitchen window. Yes, Spring points to new things. 

Our God is the creator of new things. Isaiah 43:19 says that God will do a new thing that will spring forth. Flowers springing to life during this season remind us of this. When we trust Him as our Savior and Lord, we can look forward to new and better things — just as we look forward to the onset of Spring. What can we expect?

A new song is one thing we can expect. Psalm 40:3 says God puts a new song in our mouths — even praise to our God. Other people will see this and will also begin to trust the Lord. This should be extremely apparent as we gather in our churches to worship God. We should embrace the words of Psalm 149:1, “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.” Why do we have this new song to sing?

Ezekiel 36:26 says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” Consider the toxic contents that have been emptied from our lives in this transformation. Hatred, bitterness, guilt and everything negative that can hinder us is gone. We have a reason to sing!

If we have a new song, a new heart and a new spirit, we have new lives. Listen to the words of Apostle Paul: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life”(Romans 6:4). When it comes to living our lives there is nothing better than living lives that bring glory to God.

So, let us enjoy this Spring season. Let it fill us with anticipation of the new things that God is about to do in our lives.

Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.

Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children  — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter  — Breanna. 

Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.

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