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 43:19
Beware of monotony;
it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.
Have you ever been in a boring relationship? You used to have a lot of fun, enjoy each other’s company, and have diverse conversation- but now it’s become a routine. Even things like having sex does not seem so interesting. Monotony is a slow killer. It kills motivation, drive and ambition. God wants us to live a quiet life but not a boring redundant life. If we are bored in our jobs, our homes, our relationships, with ourselves, in our churches… then let’s snap out of it. Let’s get out of the routine. We want change- we need it. I love variety and I get bored after a while. And when I get bored, I get into trouble. The last week of 2017, God gave me the words I will do something new, do you not see it? Monotony:
- Lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine.
- Wearisomeness, dullness, boredom
- Sameness of pitch or tone in a sound or utterance.
God wants to do something new in our lives. His word says that He will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. So I have been thinking about the actual wilderness, and the deserts. Deserts are extremely hot and dry places, where water is scarce and direction is uncertain. The desert represents: hardships, dullness of mind, indifference, meaninglessness, disappointments, lack of life, and lack of direction. I imagine traveling through the desert, and concluded it is challenging. The effects of going through a spiritual desert is similar to an actual desert experience: we experience thirst, exhaustion and discomfort. I have experienced this, except I call it another word: annoyed. What the enemy does is make you tired of God’s provision, just like it happened with the Israelites who became tired of God’s manna (bread from heaven). He also pushes us to desperation when you have no sense of direction, and are feeling weak and tired, and pleading for mercy to satisfy the thirst. But God said He was making rivers in the desert, He is going to satisfy that thirst.
The other part to God’s doing in this season is making a path in the wilderness. A “wilderness” represents tough times of discomfort, and temptations. It deals with dry spells of many things including emotional or spiritual ruts, or financial drought. It usually comes after achieving some great victory, like Jesus being baptized, or the Israelite being freed from Israel captivity. It can also cause discouragement, with the constant spiritual attacks. God warns us today, ‘do not harden your heart as they did in the time of their testing (Hebrews 3:8). I experienced that too, I was in the wilderness for 2-3 years, and I hated it. I also hardened my heart against God, BUT God’s mercy and grace met with me along the way. In the same way grace and mercy met me along the way, God will make a way for us this time around if we find ourselves in some kind of a drought.
Maybe you haven’t had joy for a while, maybe you stopped dreaming, maybe you want out of this thing called life… God will make a path just for you to walk on. Maybe you have been desiring different things, and have been feeling shortchanged, skipped or left on ‘read’- but God is going to satisfy your thirst. Pay attention!
Lord God, thank you for this day. Thank you for supplying our basic needs like sleep, food and water. I thank you for a steady income, and for new strengths each day. I thank you for the new things you are doing and those which you will continue to do. I present our minds, bodies, wills and emotions to you. May we be prepared and capable of succeeding in those places where you are taking us. And may we be faithful and joyful as we step out in faith for your glory. May our lives be rid of monotony in any area, and may you make those paths in the wilderness and rivers in the deserts for your people. In Jesus name, Amen.