“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” (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Time and time again, the Lord has proven to me that I have nothing to fear, because He is faithful, and He is always with us and for us. Not only that, but even if someone intends something for evil against us, God works it together for our good (See Romans 8:28 & Genesis 50:20). Thankfully, the same holds true even if we did something contrary to our best interest. I like to say it like this; “You can’t lose with the God (Jesus) I chose!”
The Lord has taught me, that God is love and He is trustworthy…and His ways are likewise trustworthy. Now, it isn’t hard to believe this truth during those seasons in life where there is gain. The time to really press in and look to the heart of God in the scriptures, and believe God loves us is during the day of loss. This is when we as human beings tend to question God, His love, His ways and reasons. We tend to fear and hold on for dear life to what we feel like we are losing. God has allowed for me to experience loss, in order for me to know and believe Him when He declares He is love and He is good…even in a time of loss. He didn’t do this just for my sake, but so that I would be able to share these truths with you…His beloved.
I have experienced what is considered major loss, and I still testify to you today, that God is love, His ways are unfailing and completely beneficial, and His reasons are rooted and grounded in His love for His children. I am not saying this because I read it somewhere, or learned it in theology school; I actually walked this out in order to bear witness of the truth about God and His ways. Here’s some of what occurred, and what I learned…
There was a time when God blessed me with a beautiful home in one of the best areas in Florida. I lost that house, only to go to a second home God provided which went into foreclosure. If that wasn’t enough, the foreclosure was made public, and the media was making a mockery every chance they got. By this time in my life God had revealed Himself to me as loving, caring, wise and all powerful…powerful to save me from the foreclosure or powerful enough to provide something even greater!
Humanly speaking, this was a time when I had every reason to fear and freak out. But God taught me not to fear loss, because for the child of God…whenever God allows something to be removed from your hands, it is so that He can fill your hands with something greater. Instead of fearing, I embraced the peace of God that surpasses all understanding and decided I would trust God. The result? God has blessed me with a new home…it is the best home I ever lived in, but the expenses were cut in half! God is good! But we have to trust Him. We must trust God when He tells us to not remember those former things…those things we seemed to have lost or seemed to have been taken from us, because God is doing a new thing…a better thing…and He is saying, “Now it shall spring forth!”
The Lord showed me this in my own life, and also throughout the bible: We can entrust everything we have, and ourselves, into His capable hands of love, without fear. In other words, we can let go and trust God with whatever or whoever it is we fear losing. I tell you the truth; when you let it go in your heart to God…He will not disappoint you. There is no disappointment in Jesus (Isaiah 49:23, NIV).
One of the examples the Lord showed me in the bible was the little boy who gave Jesus his five loaves of bread and two small fish. The bible has no record of that child having any more food, but He gave it to the Lord. The result? The Lord took it, blessed it and multiplied it into enough food to feed five thousand men, plus all the women and children who were present along with the five thousand. Not, only that, but they had leftovers! (John 6:1-14). You see, when Jesus is for you…loss is gain, and the gain is great!
We see this same love from the Lord when Jesus was invited to a wedding in Cana [married people, invite Jesus in…look how He shows out in marriages]; the married couple ran out of wine to serve their guests. That is loss. But Jesus didn’t see opposition; He saw opportunity. Jesus supplied this couple with the best wine! I am sure this couple had some good wine at their wedding, and to lose something good isn’t easy. But when Jesus did a new thing; He gave them the best wine. Jesus is not a respecter of persons and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, the same loving Jesus who blessed this married couple with the best, when they were empty…is the same Jesus who will bless you with the best and never leave you empty! And if Jesus did this for a married couple that ran out of wine, He certainly will do it for a married couple running out of love and passion for each other.
Peter is another example where we see the Lord doing this. There was a time when Jesus took Peter’s boat from him. This is significant because Peter’s boat was a business asset for him. Peter was a fisherman and needed his boat. But Peter let go and trusted Jesus. The result? Peter didn’t just gain a boat back, Jesus gave Peter so many fish, the boat began to literally sink! (Luke 5:1-7). Back then this is like the Bill Gates of Fisherman!
Now, don’t get me wrong; there is some loss, that is more serious than what Peter experienced. Some people have loss family or friends they deeply love. God has a plan for these people of His too, and it is good… and it is full of healing and gain. God did it for Joseph. Joseph was wrongfully taken away from his parents and his family, which he loved. He was sold into slavery…a loss of freedom on top of losing his family. If that wasn’t enough, he lost his reputation. He was accused of rape and falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.
God, in His love and mercy, however, was with Joseph through it all and He prospered him no matter what hardship he faced. God restored Joseph with his family that he was estranged from, added to his family by giving him a wife and two children of his own. God also gave him his freedom, restored his reputation to that of a something like an Ambassador for an entire country… and appointing him second in command to the most powerful person in that very nation that he was driven into by force! (Genesis Chapters 37 & 39-47). Beloved, your God is the God of Joseph! And He is no respecter of persons! (Acts 10:34 & Romans 2:11).
Therefore, for those who have lost loved ones in death, God told me to specifically to tell you that when Joseph was reunited with his family it is symbolic of the reunion you will likewise experience with your family in heaven…a place where no loss can ever enter in your life again! You will be reunited, and you will rejoice even greater than Joseph did. God said, “The enemy cannot steal from you what I allow.”
I have experienced loss in a similar way. At one point in my life, God allowed for me to lose every so-called close friend I thought I had. God allowed for my hands to be emptied out in that area so that He could fill them up with loving people, who are true friends. The Lord told me like this one day, “You cannot fill a glass that is already full.” God allowed my glass to get emptied out, so He could fill it with His new thing…a much better thing! Now, I have true friends in my life that have not come to take from me, but they have been sent by God to build me up. I am deeply blessed. God has proven to me that: I wasn’t really losing with Him by my side, I was being positioned by Him to receive something so much greater! The good news for you is this; God is not a respecter of persons! What He did for Peter, the married couple, that child, countless others in the bible and myself; He is willing and able to do for you!
Therefore, people of God, you have nothing to fear. God has a good plan for you even if you seem to be losing something…even if your hands seem to be empty. With God on your side, this isn’t opposition; it is opportunity for God to do a new thing! Hear the Lord saying to you in His unfailing love, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I willdo a new thing, nowit shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19).