Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. -Isaiah 42:9 ESV
How absolutely unbelievably kind of God is it to give His people a promise of hope for the new thing He would do in sending Jesus to earth? This actually floors me because God really did not have to do this, but He knew His people would need a word from Him to hold onto in the waiting. He knows us in our humanness. He knows our hearts are fickle and our minds even more so. Therefore, He gives us His guarantee that our season doesn’t last forever, that new things are coming that are better than we could ever imagine.
This is just the kindness of His heart. There’s nothing else here. No agenda, no expectation, just undeserved kindness to His people whom He loves. As God says this, He emphasizes His own trustworthiness. He reminds His people that everything He has ever spoken in the former has come to pass, and so they can be confident of what He declares in the now. When what He is declaring is the promise of a savior, we can’t even fathom the beauty of that promise. The promise of a new covenant, of healing, and of freedom.
God opening our eyes to the things He is promising to do awakens us to more hope and faith. It gives us something to cling to. 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us all the promises of God find their yes in Him. The person of Jesus is the reason we can believe with expectancy in what God has promised. He has always been faithful and never failed us, and that holds true for the things He promises us today.
Author | Kalli Drake