What of the New Year? — Paths & Old History
16-This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves…
18-“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
19-Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. (Isa.43:16, 18-19, Msg)
I will rejoice and be glad and my eye shall be single in it.
“Single” here is with reference to a piece of cloth having only one fold and infers a
“single-minded” devotion to God, with one’s heart set on God alone.
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt.6:22)
I will rejoice and be glad and grow strong in spirit and be filled with wisdom in it.
Jesus was born with purpose and so are we. From the beginning, He not only grew physically but in His spirit and in wisdom for what was to come.
One of our major goals for our children in 2013 should be to see them filled with the Spirit and to train them in godly wisdom.
“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him.” (Lk.2:40}
“Good tidings of great joy to all people:
Unto you is born this day a Savior, Christ the Lord.” (Lk. 2:10-11)
Chosen By God
God has chosen the Rock, Jesus (1Pe.2:4). The Father chose Jesus to endow Him and to position Him for the benefit of all men. The Bible proclaims that if a man build his house on sand rather than the Rock, that his house will be destroyed by the winds and waves that assault it. Those who “disallow” Him (1Pe.2:4) do not have the solid safety and benefits of the Rock. The only safe place to be is on the Rock (Mt 7:24). He is our solid, unfailing benefit in all of life, especially stormy circumstances. If our hopes are in any person or entity, we stand upon the sand that cannot support a house. Just because there is a lack of righteousness and integrity in certain persons who hold public office does not mean there is nothing solid for us to get our feet on. The Stone does not move; the Stone is the One that moves the image of opposition (Dan.2:34).
“To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious… “ (1Pe.2:4) It simply does not matter how many or who has “disallowed” the Living Stone. What does matter is that He “is chosen of God” (1Pe 2:4). The result, however, has been nations chafing under the friction of rejecting The Stone and His righteousness. When The Stone is “disallowed” (rejected) then men will fill the void with self-seeking impostors and redemption of men and society are far from us. There is great hope in this verse, for Peter informs us that only men have disallowed The Stone. It was inventive, determined men at Babel who were easily overcome with the simple fact of the confusing of their language so that their intricate agenda was brought to a screeching halt. Not even Goliath could remain standing before the diminutive David (OT type of the NT Christ). The Rock, Christ Jesus is prevailing and as His people stand on Him, they shall prevail against storm and wind no matter who has “disallowed” Him.
Not only is He chosen of God but He is “precious,” i.e., when you have calculated His value and His person, there is more that you have not yet realized. We shall yet see more and more of who this Rock is and what this Rock does.