“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” — Isaiah 43:18
In Isaiah 43:18, we hear the voice of God speaking through one of His prophets, encouraging the people to get on with it. They had been stripped of their land, exiled from what they knew, and isolated from the people around them. Can you imagine hearing the words, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past”? Some of us have spent a lifetime dwelling on what was or what could have been, and unknowingly have found ourselves stagnant and unproductive as a result.
But in this passage, God sends a word to change the people’s minds, refocus their attention and transform their tomorrow by pressing them to forget their yesterday. Beloved, I believe that God is saying the same thing to us now. Forget the way you used to do things, forget the way things used to look, forget what your definition of normal was.
In Philippians 3:13 (TPT), the apostle Paul writes, “I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.” There is a reason why the front window in your car is so big and the rearview mirror is so small — you were always meant to look forward into what could be and only glance at what was.
Forgetting the former things makes room for the new, the now and the next. It’s time to leave it in the past, and fasten your heart to the future.
— Fleceia Comeaux, Houston Dash chaplain
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