Who doesn’t love that new car smell? Or the smell of a new book. Or the feel of a new iPhone. We each have that category where we can’t wait to have the new one.book smell

We often transfer that same insatiable desire for newness onto our relationship with God. We want something new from Him too. We can long for a new experience or a fresh message. And, when these expectations aren’t met it can lead to discontentment or doubt. But we need to be careful that our future, or present, longings for a meaningful encounter with God don’t cause us to downplay His past workings.

Let’s look back at the people of Israel. After an incredible display of God’s power to free them from Egypt God proved his faithful provision each day by way of Manna. Despite the freshness of God’s provision and power every day the people still found plenty of time to complain. He freed them and then He fed them and yet they wanted more. They wanted something fresher. They couldn’t wait for Him to soothe their daily insecurities.

It’s hard to admit it but I find myself in this trap too.

Is there an area in your life where you are waiting on something “new” from God?

My days are often full of struggles, pain, or fear over the future. I want God to show up and make a difference. Fix things. Heal me. Prove that He is still there and still cares, but the reality is that God doesn’t need to do anything new to prove His great love for me. If we properly recognize the wonder and power of what Christ did on the cross to bring us into a right relationship with God then we realize there is nothing God can do to trump that! He has already given us the most magnificent display of His love and faithfulness. He has already proved Himself.

We are also assured that God is going to work in and through our lives in the future (Phil. 1:6) and yet the past work of Christ on the cross is sufficient enough. It’s power brings the transformation, hope, strength, and salvation necessary for you and I today and for all eternity.

rememberSo, it isn’t the present or even the future alone that ultimately qualifies God’s love for me, it is the past. Instead of being distracted by my present feelings I need to hold onto the truth of the past. I can look back at what God has done through Christ and stand upon it as my strength for today. It is as though to live in today we must live in the past. We walk in the truth of what God has already done knowing that it truly is enough.

When my daily insecurities cry out it is the truth of Christ’s work on the cross on my behalf and not a current experience that moves me forward.

“…but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Phil. 3:12)

The wonder of new life in Jesus Christ is that He took ahold of you and I and He will never let go. We have all we need in our perfect and sufficient Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,” (I Chron. 16:12)

Take a minute to list a few things God has done for you in the past.

You don’t need the smell of something new, because the past still smells just as good!

-Josh