“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?” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
When the Lord asks, “Shall you not know it?” He is saying, ‘Do you want to open yourself to my new thing? Are you willing to embrace it? Are you in?’
This verb “know” in the Hebrew language conveys far more than the idea of intellectual awareness. It is more about the total giving of ourselves, as in the husband-wife relationship within marriage. This “knowing” is a total receptivity, a total embrace. The Lord is saying, “I’m going to do a new thing. Will you embrace it? Will you receive it into your life?”
When God says He is going to do a new thing, it always involves a relationship with His people — with you, with me, with us. It’s not a time to watch as spectators. The Lord wants to imprint it on our lives. He wants to take the “new thing” and work it in us, so that it is deeper than a passing sensation or novelty. His ‘new thing’, whatever it may be, is steadfast and strong.
And a person’s response to this offer will shape his/her destiny!