Today I was studying Luke 10 for this weeks Sunday School Lesson. As I read through this familiar passage about the Good Samaritan I thought, Lord, let me always see your Word with fresh eyes, let me hear you speak to my heart in any new way you desire. At almost 69 years old and a Bible student for 40 some years I have heard this account and studied it numerous times. I am reminded of the passage in Isaiah 43:19, “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.” He goes on to say the wild animals honor Him because He provides water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to His people, His chosen, the people He formed for Himself that they might proclaim His praise.
I don’t ever want to miss the new things God may be wanting to do in my life. So what do I see in these scriptures that I could say is new? When I read them with the desire to know more about who God is, this is what I see. From the parable of the Good Samaritan it was Jesus’ patience with this expert in the law who was asking the questions to test Jesus. I am so grateful that my Lord is so patient that He doesn’t just call him on his motives but takes the time to make it so clear to him how to live a godly life. His first letting him show that he did have knowledge of the scriptures probably was much better received than condemnation. And with his second question he took the time to give him a perfect illustration of what it looked like to love your neighbor as yourself. He showed that the Samaritan, enemy of the Jews, showed mercy and was that good neighbor regardless of hatred and years of bad feelings. The new thing He gave me in it was I too have and enemy I had never prayed for. He is Satan the enemy of my soul. Today for the first time ever I prayed he would repent of his evil and evil ways. I do know the end of the story and know that doesn’t happen but it was good for me to do that and to think of others in the world I live in that I may feel shouldn’t receive mercy. I can think of the evil ISIS terrorists who are killing Christians, the murders, rapists, gang members who cause so much evil in my city and world. I need to be praying they will repent and turn from their wicked ways. I know that my Lord Jesus died for their sins as much as He did for mine.
So, get in God’s Word today and see what new thing He might want to show you. Expect Him to always be doing a new thing in your life. Have a great week and spend time with Him each day. May you have new and wondrous treasures to share when we meet again.