Remembering 5

This post is Day 5 in a series of studies about “Remembering”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Remembering – Day 5

Isaiah 43:18

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?

The Thought

This verse can speak to most of us, much of the time. Especially to those who have had complications or difficulties in life, and are looking for a new chapter to open. It is so easy to dwell on the past. Especially when we have been suffering from a tragedy, or a hardship, and all of us experience those things from time to time. Life on earth can often be complicated.

Isaiah’s advice to us is to stop thinking about the things that have hurt us, or that have been difficult, and to look forward to what is new, good and different. The next verse tells us that God is making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

We all have experiences in life when we don’t know which way to turn, or who to turn to. The Lord is effectively saying “Turn to Me, I will show you the way forward” (John 14:6). How sad it is that many believers do not do as the prophet Isaiah suggests in today’s verse. So many people blame God for the difficulties and turn their backs on Him when problems arrive.

Our difficulties in life can come from many different things, from trauma, or our own mistakes, our disobedience, or inherited curses that have come from the sinful habits of an ancestor (Exodus 20:5).


Read Isaiah 43 today and be encouraged that God is saying to you, I am making a way in the wilderness, and streams in the wasteland (v19). Pray about any difficulties you are facing right now, and make a decision to trust God to help you through.

Look back and think of other times there have been struggles that you survived, and thank Jesus for what you learned through those things.

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