“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
The past has a way of stealing away our daily focus. The failures and hurts of the past are just hard to put out of our minds at times. Oswald Chambers once said: “Leave the broken, irreversible past in God's hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.”
Above, Isaiah 43:18-19 clearly instructs to forget about the past and put it behind us. What I love about this passage is that Isaiah goes on to tell us that God is planning to do a new thing in our lives. He says that it is not only about to unfold but also it will be something only God could do. Isaiah tells us that God will make a way where there seems to be no way and provide relief in the middle of a desert time in our lives.
More than anything, Isaiah is reminding us that we must allow God to change our focus from the hurt of the past to the hope of the future. Many times I am afraid we miss out on what God is doing or wanting to do because we are consumed with hurts from the past that cast fear about the future. This fear can keep us from claiming the new thing that God is wanting to do in our lives.
Corrie Ten Boom endured the hurt and devastation of being in a Nazi concentration camp and as a result she could have easily allowed her past to control her future. Instead, her faith and hope in the Lord became her focus for the future. I ran across something she said that convinces me of this truth. She declared: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
What’s your focus today? I pray that the truth of Isaiah 43:18-19 will be a blessing to you and remind you of the great things that the Lord wants to do in your life.