When Jesus cleansed the Temple (Matthew 21:12-17), the blind and the lame were healed, the children cried, “Hosanna,” and everybody was happy-except the chief priests and scribes, who were sore displeased. When there is revival, as indeed there was in this case, something like this always takes place. When the Temple is cleansed and the Lord is in control, there is healing. The children and the childlike rejoice. And the Pharisees always complain. There will always be those religionists who do not want the dead status quo disturbed. But along with the hatred, there will be healing and hosannas. First, however, there must be the cleansing that changes God’s house from a den of thieves to a place of prayer.
DO YOU NEED SOMEHTING NEW?
Behold, I will do a new thing.
Sometimes the ladies decide they need new hats or suits. They have gotten into a rut, they think, and something new would give them a lift. There is a psychological boost in a fresh outfit, as even the men know.
It is possible for Christians to become threadbare in experience. They run on past blessings and eat stale manna. Their testimonies begin to sound like well-worn phonograph records, sometimes cracked and a little scratchy.
We should not evermore be seeking some new “blessing,” but we can get to where we look shiny when we ought to be shining. God likes to do a new thing for us. Many a church thinks it needs a new pastor when it needs the same pastor renewed. Many a restless saint needs not a new pasture where the grass always looks greener but a new thing done in his heart while he lives in the same pasture.
Let God do a new thing for you!