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Forget the Former Things!

Isaiah 43:18-19, “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? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

We all have many things we hang on to from the past: hurts, regrets, broken relationships, failures, patterns of sin, poor choices, etc. Sometimes we even hang on to good memories or the way things were, but in an unhealthy manner always longing for what once was. But when we turn to God and put our trust in him and follow him, he invites us to “forget the former things” and to “not dwell on the past.”

If you are troubled by your past or dissatisfied with where your past has led you, let Christ do a new thing in your life today. Trust him, follow him and obey him. Let Christ lead you into this new thing, this new way he has for you. If you’ve failed in the past, don’t think you know what’s best for your future. Trust Christ. Follow his lead.

If you’re dwelling on a great memory or time of life from your past, but it’s preventing you from stepping into the new thing that Christ wants to do in your life, then turn around and look to Jesus. Thank him for that past joyful memory, but look to him for many more.

And as you trust Christ with your day-to-day life, your relationships, your choices; your habits and your outcomes, believe that he has your best in mind. Anticipate and expect him to work on your behalf. He says he’s doing a new thing in your life, now expect it and watch for where he’s working. And when you see him begin to “make ways in the desert and streams in the wasteland” of your life, thank him and worship him. Find your satisfaction and joy in him and you’ll not be disappointed!

© 2010 Rob Fischer