The Uncertainties of Newness

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).

How do we handle the discomfort during seasons of transition? We often assume that change and progress is smooth sailing and won’t come with any hassle. Often progress brings with it some discomfort. While we relish the idea of change, it also brings uncertainty and some raised anxiety. Our expectations of a new situation is not always the reality, but we step out in faith, placing one foot in front of the other as we walk towards our new assignment.

Imagine the Israelites being freed from slavery and then plunged into a wilderness situation, that was unfamiliar to them. Then came the complaining and murmuring from the uncertainty. “Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness” (Exodus 24:12). No wonder Moses lost his temper so many times and missed out on reaching the promised land. He had been prepared all of his life for this mission. He risked his life going back to Egypt to tell Pharaoh, “God says to let my people go.”

Just before the complaining the people were rejoicing, because Pharaoh had set them free. They marched out of Egypt praising God and hailed Moses as a hero, for helping them to gain freedom. Fast forward and they are faced with a Red Sea on one side, that seemed uncrossable and Pharaoh and his army are in pursuit on the other side. I can imagine that they must have felt bombarded. They blamed God and Moses, because they feared that he had brought them in the wilderness to die.

God is not the author of confusion and there is no way that he would have opened the way and released them out of Egypt, to bring them into the wilderness to perish. God opened the Red Sea, allowed them to cross over and then closed the sea when Pharoah and his army pursued (Exodus 14). Similarly, God did not deliver you from that test or trial, to abandon you in this new situation that appears impossible. It maybe unfamiliar and uncomfortable and you don’t know which way to turn, but God will make a way through that sea of doubt and confusion. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you”
‭‭(Deuteronomy‬ ‭31‬:‭6‬).

A.P.-Y.

10 thoughts on “The Uncertainties of Newness

  1. Aaaaammmmeeeeennnn!!!!! Powerful reminder. Great follow up to yesterday’s post. When we are going through we have to keep our mind on Him. Like you said, if God was bringing them out of Egypt to kill them, why bother parting the Red Sea and drowning their enemies? He is not a sadistic or narcissistic God Who will save us from everyone else so He can kill us Himself. He doesn’t have a sinister ulterior motive. God bless you cousin. Keep writing for the Lord!

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  2. Thank you for this. It’s a usual thing to be happy , and on a thrill in our walk with God, it’s also usual for us to settle into a life with comfort only to find ourselves standing still, and somewhat disillusioned. We need to keep being prodded forward, so thank you. God bless.

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