“This is what the LORD says — he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “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 desert and streams in the wasteland.”
The last day of the year is a good time to reflect on those events, people, and circumstances that have had the greatest impact on our lives. Unexpected changes. Biggest challenges. Losses and setbacks. Victories.
Is your life a work in progress — or decline?
In today’s focus text, we are told to “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” That is wise counsel. It is easy to get stuck in the mud of the past. The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a new dream or revive an old one.
Life’s problems can become so heavy we settle into where we are and dismiss all hope for a better and brighter future. Mind you, our God is the God of hope. Rather than getting bogged down by your past… look to God to do a “new thing” in your life.
God says, “See, I am doing a new thing!” He wants you to trust Him for new and better things for your life. Ask Him for a new vision and a new perspective. “Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
But you say, “There’s just no way to turn my life around.” You’re too old, too sick, too poor, too tired, or you just have too many problems.
Don’t forget that all things are possible for God. Again from today’s scripture, God says, “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” He can right the wrongs and remove the obstacles in your life. He can take what you and I see as wasteland and turn it into something extraordinary.
Stop making excuses and find something new for your life that excites you. Appropriate the abundant life that God promises. Trust Him to give you the desires of your heart.
Is there something you have always wanted to do but, for whatever reason, it has just never happened? Or possibly… you would like something new and different but you don’t have a clue where to begin. A rekindled dream or a new vision starts with a talk with God.
Write a book, start a new business, begin a new ministry, launch a new career, take some classes. Do something! Take what God gives you and go for it. Get your head out of the past and into tomorrow.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Welcome to the Good Old Days
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.