“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?”
(Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
I heard a message once about the need to forget the hurtful things that someone said or did to us, if we’re to live a victorious life. I couldn’t agree more. I mean, isn’t that what God was saying in today’s passage from Isaiah when He told us to “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?” We won’t see what God is doing in our lives now if we’re unable to take our eyes off the past. What’s in the past is in the past. God is calling our attention to the present. Don’t run away from the past, but don’t dwell on it either. I love the quote which says, “the only reason you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” I pray that as we welcome the new year, you’ll take a look back at how far you’ve come. Maybe it’s not where you want to be but maybe it’s not where you used to be either, and that’s something to be thankful for. Forget the hurt, but don’t forget what it taught you. God makes wrong things right.
A few years ago, God gave me this word, “the best is yet to come.” As I look back, I can truly say that I’ve witnessed His best in my life, even through those unexpected, but temporary storms because He taught me to rise above them. I strongly believe that God’s word is going to carry over into the new year and the years to come, if we’re willing to believe it. Looking forward to His best for all of us in the new year. I pray that it will truly be a happy one for everyone!