Haven’t Seen Anything Yet
This is what the LORD says—he who made a way through the sea, a path through
the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. (Isaiah 43:16-19)
Wild-eyed, snorting loudly, kicking frantically, he tried to keep his head above water. But there was too much water, and the weight on his back pushed him down. Finally, he gave up. In time, he and his burden lay bloated on the shore.
They were not alone, six hundred of the best, plus countless others had drowned on that day. But not all floated to the surface at the same time. For probably weeks thereafter bloated bodies would bob to the top of the Red Sea. The wrecks of chariots would rot away beneath those waters.
It was a disaster upon the heels of disaster! We don’t know if family members came to the shoreline to search for the bodies of their loved ones. Maybe they did. But we know they were already preoccupied with a more massive death count. Every family in the entire land of Egypt, from the palace of the Pharaoh to the hut of the peasant, every house was in mourning. The first-born of each family was dead.
What caused this? Who did this? Miriam, the sister of Moses, knew the answer: “The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Exodus 15:1).
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation! What else could the people of God say? What greater demonstration of his love and protection could there be?
The Lord’s response was: You haven’t seen anything yet! “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing.”
And what is this new thing? He who delivered his people from Egypt will deliver them from captivity in Babylon.
But even then, his people will have seen nothing yet! In the fullness of time his Son would deliver them from the captivity of sin. “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more” (Isaiah 43:25).
We have seen that. Holy Writ has shown us the cross and the empty grave. The Powers of Darkness and Death lay defeated at the feet of the Living One. It’s a sight to marvel at.
And yet, he still tells us, “You haven’t seen anything yet!”
Just wait till we see him in glory. Just wait till there is no more sorrow, no more pain, no more death. Just wait until we see heaven.
Then we will have seen it all.
God of grace and glory, your ways are wondrous and your love impressive. When we look back on your glorious acts of preserving and protecting your people, we stand amazed. When we consider our rescue from sin and death we are astonished. But when we think of what you have in store for us, we are humbled, and thankful, and we know we are blessed.
Written by Pastor Paul Ziemer, WELS National Civilian Chaplain
and Liaison to the Military, Cape Coral, Florida
Provided by WELS Ministry to the Military