Emma and I spent this past weekend over in Ireland, traveling around the Dublin area and on down to Kilkenny to be with a church there. On the Friday night, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 43, and since reading those verses, I have found myself coming back to them each day. Here’s what it says:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
God’s promise to us here is that He is at work in our lives. He is not lying dormant, but is actually active in bringing new things in to our lives. Sometimes it can be so easy to become focused on our lack that we miss out on what God is actually doing. The Bible tells us we lack nothing, so once we believe this, we can position ourselves to receive all that God has for us in this coming season of life.
The danger of dwelling on the past is that it prevents us from moving forward, it holds us back and distracts us. Jesus warns of this in the NT, when He says “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
To forget something requires us to let go. Are we willing to let go of the things in the past so that we can fully move forward? Let go of that feeling of guilt, or shame, or doubt or anxiety. The enemy would love for our focus to be on who we were in the past, not who God sees us as today.
Let’s position ourselves for God to do a new thing in our lives this week, whether that is letting go of a hurt, breaking a cycle of thought, or forgiving someone who let you down, it’s time to look forward, don’t miss it.