Isaiah 43:18-19 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
What is it from your past that you keep holding unto? Whatever it is, it is preventing you from believing for the future that you desire. It’s time to let it go.
Because of their disobedience God had declared that the Children of Israel would be taken from the land of promise and scattered throughout the earth. But a time was coming when he would gather them from the east, west, north and south (Isaiah 43:4-5). Nevertheless, their memory of their past threatened to disrupt what God intended to do among them. Accordingly, in Isaiah 43:18 God instructed them to forget the past. He said “remember not the former things, neither the things of old. Letting go of their past was critical as it would hinder them from seeing what God had in store for them. If they kept looking at their past, the only thing they would see and receive was their past. Therefore, if they continued holding onto the past there would have been no room for them to see the future that God had promised. Hence, God said in Isaiah 43:19: I will do a new thing, can you not see it. The statement was intended to highlight the dangers of holding onto their past.
Lot’s wife could not take her eyes off her past and as a result she was turned into a pillar of salt and lost out on receiving the better place that God had planned. Blind Bartimaeus exemplified the importance of letting go of the past: before he received his sight he put his past aside. Mark 10:50 tells us that when Jesus called him, he cast away his garment; that signifies that he put his past aside and received his healing.
Letting go of the past means that you are traveling on your passport to the future that you want. Like Blind Bartimaeus, put your past behind you.
Life Application: Leave the past behind by learning from your mistakes and adopting new habits that are friendly to the future that you want.
Prayer: Lord, I let go of the past and embrace the future that you have ordained for me. In Jesus name, amen.