“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old” (Isiah 43:18).
The Word of God encourages us to forget about what has happened before. In other words, don’t meditate on past mistakes, those things are over. God is far more interested in your future than He is in your past. The enemy would like us to believe that God is stuck on our past. But God is more interested in our future because that is where we are going to spend the rest of our life.
It is important to note that during this time (Isa. 43:18-19), in Israel’s history that punishment for their sins and rebellion was coming to pass. I must emphasize, there are consequences for rebellion, but punishment never indicates that God has forsaken us. In other words, God’s correction is not the end. God always gives us hope and encouragement. God wants us to have access to a fresh start. Discipline is usually discouraging, because sin and rebellion separate us from God, sin creates a void between us and God.
Israel could remember past deliverances and past victories. They could remember when they were trapped by the Red Sea and had no where to go. They could remember former things, but they could not see their future. That is the place where God says, “I Am going to do something new.” Perhaps you are in that place. Maybe you feel like you have made so many mistakes, or that you have failed God too many times. Maybe you are in a place where you think that God will not deliver you. Be encouraged because that is the time to look back and recognize the places where God has intervened in the situations that have challenged your faith.
Maybe the enemy has convinced you that you have no future with God. But here is the good news. God is saying, “It is not over, I am about to do something new for you.” So let’s not rehearse the past, let’s get on with the future. Life can be unfair, so what! The more time we spend regretting our past the more time we spend wasting our future. I hope that this New Year has many blessings for you. May God keep you, bless you, and make His face to shine upon you.