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October 16th, 2019

 

Isaiah 43

 

Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. 19 Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming.

Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers[e] in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

 

At this point in the history of God’s people, the nation has found themselves imprisoned, at the mercy of their captors, with no one powerful enough to rescue them. This had come about because the people had not listened to God’s instructions. Time and again, He had sent warnings for the people to remain true to Him but they turned a deaf ear. Chapter 43 starts with a promise to God’s people that even in exile they had no reason for fear. They could count on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, their Savior! Once God had delivered Israel from Egypt; now He was ready to give Egypt to the new world ruler, Cyrus of Persia, in exchange for the freedom of His people. What a huge ransom for a tiny nation!

What I love so much about this passage is the reminder of the entirely new thing God makes available for all who come to trust in Him. Many get hung up on the past. For the people of Israel, some got hung up on the “good ole days” and never moved on. All their stories revolved how good things used to be and why they couldn’t just go back to their glory days. Others were never able to move past the evil they had done in the eyes of God. Seeing themselves as totally unworthy, they lived in defeat feeling too sinful for God’s love.

These verses remind us to stop hanging on to the past. Stop dwelling on how things once were. Oh, if we could only see things from God’s perspective! If we could only climb on His shoulders to get a better view of the road ahead we would see the amazing things a-comin’! He has cleared the path ahead and has made all things new through Jesus Christ. May we forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead.

In Christ,

Kevin


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