Beat back the past

“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

Isaiah’s writings to the children of Israel came at a dismal period of their history. They are in bondage, they have lost everything they thought they would keep permanently, and they were pining for the land and the blessing God had assured them.

If you are constantly looking back, then you cannot see where you are going. You just don’t stare at your side mirrors forever and expect to get your destination in one piece. When you hit a pothole, you do not come out with a tape to measure how big it is. You continue driving. You Cannot Depend Upon Past Victories to Sustain You.

Sometimes we let the pain from our yesterday to configure our future.

We carry around the pain from ordeals, injustice, denial, and abandonment and let them discolour everything around us.

Our eyes are stuck on time or a season that generate pain and it is all we can see.

Our unaddressed pain can exhibit in things like rage, self-doubt, self-harm, jones, the list goes on.

And because so often our pain is connected to aches that others have inflicted upon us, choosing forgiveness is a big part of facing the pain in our past.  Forgiving someone doesn’t mean what they did is “right”, but preferring to forgive means you’re not going to let the hurt describe you.

Sometimes it’s our mistakes that keep us dwelling on the past. We suffer from a case of the “Woulda Coulda Shouldas”.

When we focus on our blunders, we begin to cave in to emotions of inadequacy, guilt, shame and all the other junk that keeps us from stepping in the freedom that God has for us.

The truth is, not one of us is complete.  We have all made slips, or as the bible puts it, we all “… fall short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23). God is greater than everything you have ever done wrong.

God’s grace and redemptive power are so incredible that He will take the very things we think disqualifies us and use them for good!

God is doing a new thing. He has a new word, a redeemed plan, a new work He wants to do. He is making a way for you…even in that place where there seems like there is no way.

Often, it is in the context of “waste” or “wilderness” happenings that He does some of His best jobs.

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