LUKE 5:39: “And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: Am I stuck in a rut? Am I willing to change? Am I holding on to the old because it is simply familiar and comfortable? God is always desiring to do something new in our lives. He brings “new wine” to our souls – if we are willing to receive it.
The problem is – we often miss God’s grace because we are stuck in place!
God spoke to Moses from a burning bush. This was a miraculous encounter that would change Moses’ life forever. When God asked him what he was holding in his hand, Moses was probably a bit confused. Surely the God who can speak from a burning bush, without consuming it, knew what Moses was holding in his hand. To Moses it was simply a shepherd’s rod. To the Lord it was Moses’ past. God told Moses – “Throw it down!” This was where Moses was faced with a choice – would he obey God and enter into something new, or would he cling to that which was old and comfortable?
What happened next amazes me. When Moses obeyed, threw his shepherd’s rod on the ground, the Lord told him to pick it up. He did not give Moses a new shepherd’s rod, He made Moses’ shepherd’s rod – NEW! When Moses picked it up, he was not picking up a simple shepherd’s rod, he was picking up the “Rod of God”! Moses was entering into God’s new purpose and plan for his life – using the same tools that he already had. The difference was God’s anointing that was now upon them!
When we think about letting go of the old, there is a sense of fear that we all face. The old is comfortable, familiar, and filled with memories. If I surrender this to the Lord – what will I have? God rarely calls us to forsake everything in our lives. He calls us to let go of those things that are destructive, and then He takes those things that are good and part of our everyday life and anoints them with new purpose, direction, and fulfillment.
He takes the ordinary and makes it His instrument to do the divine. He pours new wine into renewed wine skins. So we need not fear when the Lord calls us to lay something down in our lives. His love and grace promise to either bring something so new and wonderful that we completely forget the old, or He takes what is ordinary and anoints it with His new purpose and power! Bottom line – He makes all things new!
- “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5 NKJV)
Lord, help me to surrender all to you this morning in full assurance that You will make all things new! Deliver me from any fear that would cause me to cling to the old and stay in a rut. Help me break forth today into Your perfect will for my life! Make all things new!
In Jesus Name!