verse study

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
—  Isaiah 43:18-19

This verse has been on my mind lately. Paul wants us to understand that in the last days there will be times of difficulty. And those difficulties will not come from natural disasters, political decisions, disease, or famine, although those difficulties will be there also. The difficulties that Paul talks about will come from people and their attitudes.

You can probably find a description of yourself on the list, I know that I found myself. That is a symptom of our fallen conditions. But I’m not everything on this list and neither are you.

What I do notice is that this is a pretty good description of post-Christian American culture, a culture that is more than ever denying God, and that is a scary thing.

If you do come across a person or a group of people who fit this description, the instruction is clear: Avoid them.

That doesn’t mean to turn and run (though with some extremely hardened people that may be the case). It meant to not let them be an important or influential part of your life.

And of course, never stop praying.

Isn’t this verse great?

If you read the context, Jesus is talking to a rich young man who is wavering in a decision: will he give everything up and follow Jesus?

Jesus looks at him. The young man is doubtful and afraid. He can’t decide if Jesus, the God of the universe, is worth it. But Jesus loves him anyway.

The Bible doesn’t tell us if the young man ever turns to Jesus, but it does tell us that Jesus loves him. And that is the most important thing.

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John 4:13-14 (NIV) 

- Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
—  Psalm 40:1-2 NIV