Psalm 40:3 says “He put a new song in my mouth.”
Ezekial 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.”
Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do a new thing…”
Part of my needing to leave the Work (the ministry) and later the meetings (the group) was extreme boredom. Everything was the same over and over. In fact, we were told in the group that was the way it was supposed to be because the verse that says, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever” was interpreted to mean that Jesus was predictable, that the church group had Him completely figured out and that was it. Routines which became traditions which became doctrine were also supposed to remain the same. (Such as the way the meetings were conducted plus the yearly calendar of events.)
I was tired and bored of the sameness. Whenever a new visiting worker would come to special meetings or conventions and he or she had a fresh, alive and inspired message, it was like fresh water to my soul. Sadly, this didn’t happen very often.
So, if the group wasn’t going to change I needed to. I did that by trying new things and being totally open to letting the Lord indeed make all things new, and to let Him do a new thing for me as well.
Reading new translations of the Bible, discovering Christian authors of both non-fiction and fiction writings, reading devotionals every day, listening to Christian music (there are several different genres of that music available); those were all some of the first newbies I tried and it was wonderful. I learned much and old things became new.
I want to encourage readers of this blog to be open to new approaches to God and to worship. In the meetings, everything is predictable and keeps us in our comfort zone, even the times it frustrated us to no end. It is very difficult to try new things because they feel so very uncomfortable. Please be willing to push past some of that. I have had to push through many fears these past years but it has all been good.
The biggest change was going to church when all you’ve ever done is go to meetings. Settle it before you go that just about everything there will be different from meetings. But that doesn’t make everything there wrong; it is just different. Some things surprised me; the messages were good. They were in accordance with scripture, inspiring, helpful, and relevant. Communion was powerful and blew me away.
There are mega churches and small ones. There are home churches. There are small groups that meet within the big churches; groups for almost any need you might have. It will take time to find what is right for you.
There are many new ways to approach your quiet time. Shaking that area up will do wonders!
It is all a process and you can’t rush it. Just don’t shut all the new doors God might be seeking to open.
Solomon said there was nothing new under the sun and he was right. Everything has pretty much been said or done in one way or another. But he didn’t say that God was doing nothing new because He is. Jesus came to earth and did a bunch of new things.
Yes, there is comfort in routine. I get that, I really do. But establishing new routines and even new rituals can be very healing, inspiring and also comforting.