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- June 16, 2022

”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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.* Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)

Why is it so difficult to forget the past, whether good, bad, ugly or even traumatic? The past just seems to have a way of latching itself in the mind of even the most forward and progressive of us and has the ability pop up at the most of interesting times or seasons.

If God wanted us to keep looking back, we say, He would have put our eyes behind our head, but this simply can’t stop memories of the past. It doesn’t work that easily.

Isaiah 42:18 is another one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. It is our mantra for forgetting the past, unfortunately, it is much more easier to quote, than to achieve.

However, verse 19 perhaps gives us the inspiration to focus on our future in a way that will help us get away from the past. It is not passive verse, but a present day active verse that requires our involvement.

The word See is meant to open our eyes to a fresh outlook for the future daily. We may know the past, but God wants to open our eyes spiritually each new day to See the future. A future where He is doing new things and we can see the news things springing up now. God also wants us to perceive what God is doing.

What is most interesting is that we need to understand deeply what God wants us to grasp in verse 19. We must be able to see the future beyond the natural cause of events and beyond seemingly impossible, impracticable, bleak, empty and/or dead situations. When we look to and see the future not through our eyes, but from God’s perspective and through His eyes we are able to let go of our past and claim our future.

Father Almighty God, maker of all things visible and invisible who sees and holds the future, we bless Your Holy name this morning.

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