For the past few years my pastor, who is also my boss, mentor, and friend, has felt a verse impressed upon him each year. This verse has become the verse of the year for our church. We continually bring it back up, we read it, we meditate on it, and we allow it build our faith.
Last year our verse was from Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
This year our verse is found in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I have been thinking a lot about these two verses and how they fit together. “Forget the former things and do not dwell on the past, because God is doing a new thing! You can’t see it yet and your mind can’t even imagine how good God’s plan is for His church. Here it comes, are you starting to get it yet? He intends to bring nourishment to a place of scarcity.”
I believe that the things that have happened in the past two years, the words that God has spoken to our church have been to equip us for such a time as this. He has been preparing us to be His hands and feet and take the gospel into an underserved area.
Even though we had no idea what today would look like two years ago, He knew exactly what needed to happen. He knew exactly what we needed to hear. He knew exactly how we need to grow. Now, He can use us in order to make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I don’t know what else God has in store over the next few years, but I do know that this is an awesome time to be part of our church. It is an exciting time to be part of what God is doing in our cities. I can’t wait to see what else He has planned. The Best Is Yet To Come!