Brian C Houston

22 June 2016

5 Day Devotional / NEW ROADS, NEW RIVERS

DAY 1: Behold! I do a New Thing.


BEHOLD I do a New thing! That was the declarative word spoken by God to His people in Isaiah 43. He spoke a faith-path out of their seventy-year captivity into liberation and redemption. God was calling His people out from the old and into the new. He was calling things that were not as though they had already happened. As far as God was concerned, it was already a done deal.

Behold. It actually means to stand in awe and be amazed – WOW! Why did God say this? His announcement was a statement of His character- Redeemer. In fact, in the same breath, God was also announcing hope for humanity through Jesus Christ, and the grace of the Gospel.

"I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”

 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
[Isa 43:15-19]

Today, I believe the Lord would say to His people, “BEHOLD! I am doing a new thing.” He is calling us to come up and out of the ordinary and rise above our limits. He is asking us to SEE and RESPOND to His hand of preparation and purpose in our lives and in the Church - His Bride. To behold what He has done, is doing and will continue to do as we live righteously, according to the Word of God and with a vision to see His kingdom come here on earth.

Are you expecting God to do a new thing in your life? That may seem overwhelming when you consider your present circumstances but take courage – the Bible declares that God has made a way, carved a road to lead you and positioned rivers of provision to refresh you.

If anyone thirsts, let him COME to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says. – John 7:38 (MSG)

So much is on the horizon, so much lies ahead. Don’t be discouraged by bumps in the road or detours on the path. Continue to trust, put your faith in God and speak NEW things into wilderness or desert seasons.

Taste and see what God is doing in your life, your church, or across the world and be amazed.


Father God, thank You for going ahead of me to plan the path for my life. Help me to expect something new and I ask for the wisdom to respond rather than react to Your guidance. I choose to acknowledge and be thankful for Your rivers of provision along the way.


Jeremiah 32:17-18

Eph 3:14-20