I am going to go back to a section of verses I’ve been clinging to, pondering on, and purposely choosing to believe for nearly five years – Isaiah 43:18-19.
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
BE ALERT. BE PRESENT.
I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
Indeed, I WILL MAKE A WAY in the wilderness, rivers in the dessert.”
The first instruction to us: FORGET about what’s happened, don’t keep going over old history.
The second instruction to us: BE ALERT.
The third instruction to us: BE PRESENT.
Not one of these instructions involves any activity other than our heart and mind being turned to Him, focused on Him.
Seek Him first.
The FIRST PROMISE to us: He is about to do something. [He already has a plan.]
The SECOND PROMISE to us: He will make a way. [No matter what circumstances we see.]
Lately, I’ve wondered if my hanging on so tightly to these verses was me reading into something I wanted to be there. I kept wondering if because they were in the Old Testament they meant something different than how I was understanding them.
Then four different instances in the last two weeks brought these verses front and center. Philippians 3:13 …But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”
Old Testament and New Testament – the instruction is the same. Forget what is behind. Look forward.
I’ve been redeemed with Scripture.