“God is doing something new.” There’s never a moment when that’s not a true statement. We may not see the new thing he is doing, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing it. The God who creates, reveals, teaches, prepares, renovates, and restores is always up to something in virtually everyone’s life. He is always on the move.
The idea of a god who created the world and then left it alone is foreign to God’s revelation of himself. He told us long ago he would create a new heavens and a new earth, and he told us not to remember the things of old (Isaiah 65:17). He recreated us as new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). He gave us examples of people who leave old things behind and press on toward the new (Philippians 3:13). “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5 ESV), he assured us. We do not live in a stagnant culture or kingdom. We serve a dynamic God.
That’s especially gratifying when we wonder how long it will take for his promises to unfold. He’s already unfolding them, even in ways we cannot see. It’s also gratifying whenever we feel stagnant or stuck, craving a new direction or opportunity in life. He’s working, preparing, calling us into something more, even when doors for it haven’t opened yet. There are “suddenly” moments in God’s kingdom, some of which have taken years, decades, or centuries to set up. But when they come, they come in a hurry.
That’s why boredom is never a kingdom characteristic. Neither is complacency or lethargy. When we feel that way, all we have to do is envision what God might be doing behind the scenes. Ask him for eyes of faith to see it. Right now, in this moment, he is working on something new.
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