Changing Gears

Michael Beck Michael Beck

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And He changeth the times and the seasons … (Daniel 2:21)

In Isaiah, God declares that He is going to inaugurate a new thing in the earth. He challenges the idols that men have made to likewise predict what the future will hold. He promises to raise up His Righteous Servant, who will patiently establish His law, even in those furthest away from Him.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. (Isaiah 42:1-4)

God points to His power in creating the heavens and the earth. He who is the author of the created world declares that a new day and a new world is on the horizon. He has entrusted the creation of this new world to the same Word through whom He created the natural world. Jesus is appointed to bring Light and Freedom to all the nations of the world that have been bound in sin and darkness.

Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:5-8)

God pointed Israel to His perfect “track record” in bringing things to pass. By His power, He had brought former things to pass, and now He was on the verge of bringing a new thing to pass. This new thing was something to be jubilant about.

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands. (Isaiah 42:9-12)

Some things seem like they will never change. Some seasons seem to last forever. We can become comfortable in a given state. But God is the author of a new thing. He changes the times and the seasons. (Dan. 2:21) He “goes forth” even after He has been “still” for a long time to shake things up and change the landscape of the world.

The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. (Isaiah 42:13-15)

God has a promise to all those who are thrust by His hand into a new season. He will guide them through “uncharted waters.” But those who won’t go forward with Him into the new day He has for them, and trust in their old idols, will get left behind.

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. (Isaiah 42:16,17)

The Lord’s servant steps into a challenging future, knowing nothing but one thing – his hand is in the hand of his Master. As he goes forward, with his eye toward the Lord, he expects to be instructed “every where and in all things.” (Phil. 4:12)

Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant? (Isaiah 42:18,19)

Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.