Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Good or Gooder

I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a path right through the sea. But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home, and create rivers for them in the desert! (Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 TLB)
Is it possible God is saying to you that he is creating a brand new thing in your life - opening a road through the wilderness in some area of your life that has never been explored before? We so often start our new year with resolutions - wouldn't it be awesome to start it with revelations instead! God revealing new paths - opening us up to new possibilities - that sounds pretty awesome to me!
There are definitely times we hold onto the past "good stuff" thinking we cannot move on from there because if we do, we might just "lose" some of that "good stuff". Remember this...if God is telling you he has new paths in front of you, then whatever has been part of the old may have been "good", but what is just ahead is even "gooder"! The past is nothing compared to what God is just about to do in your life - and mine, too!
I'd like us to consider the words of a song by Britt Nicole called, "Through Your Eyes". In this song, she talks about the pressure we all place upon ourselves, telling ourselves we "could do better". Isn't that something we all struggle with on occasion - thinking we could "do better, if just..."? The truth is evident - we didn't do better! Now we are faced with the "new path" and wonder if we will "do any better" along this one. When God calls us down a new path, he empowers us with all we will need to "do better" in that path!
As Britt sings the words of that song, she comes to a very poignant part in which she says, "And then you broke apart the lies. You told me I had something beautiful inside. You brought to life the part of me I thought had died." How is that accomplished? As she goes on, she tells us it is because Jesus stood right there in front of her until she began to see herself as he sees her! Oftentimes the only thing we need to really "do better" in our life is to see ourselves as Jesus sees us - not as someone who "needs to do better", but who has all he/she needs in order to "do best"!
The "do better" part of is us broken. The obedience path is riddled with lots and lots of attempts to "do better". God is making a new path before us - it is ours for the taking. It is time to leave behind the "good stuff" of yesterday and move into the new paths of "gooder". It is down that path that we will find something far more amazing than we ever expected had we have "gotten it all together" on the path we were traveling on! Just sayin!