Scripture to Read: Isaiah 43:18-21
It is interesting that God tells the Israelites, and us, in Isaiah 43:16-17 to look to the past but then God shifts in Isaiah 43:18 and says, do not look to the past. If we are not careful, we’ll miss God’s beautiful Truth. The past God does want us to remember is all the times He has worked in our lives just as God says to Israel, in Isaiah 43:16-17, that they need to remember how He delivered their ancestors from Egypt. We need to remember God’s handiwork in our lives, especially when we are facing hard times. We need to remember how He meets our daily needs, how He loves us and cares for us and how He has delivered us from the power and penalty of sin through our Lord Jesus Christ. What God wants us to forget, and what He wanted Israel to forget, is our past faults and failures. God does not want us lingering on our past sin, for He is our Redeemer, and He has set us free. God has done something new in every believer, for He has given us His Holy Spirit and given us life through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 3:5-7). God has set every one of us, as His children, on a new path. We are to walk with Him and no longer walk according to this world (Ephesians 2:1-3). God, through Christ, is our living water (John 4:10-11; John 7:38) and through Him we will never thirst st again.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today and how will you apply this truth to your life?
2. Who will you share with what God has taught you?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!