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How often do I dwell in the past? Remember the time …. Ah, the good old days! I know I do it a lot. I bet you do as well.

God is doing a new thing. He has a new plan. It is springing up like a fountain just turned on.

  • Where nothing existed in us, God is creating a new being in Jesus the Messiah.
  • Where no love existed, God’s generosity creates life.
  • Where no understanding was available, God’s wisdom pours forth.

May I forget the past. May I dwell in the way of Jesus today. Paul said in Romans 6:4 “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Isaiah 43:18–19

Do we have God in a box? God is God. God has His own plan. It includes things we cannot imagine. The challenge for us “we do not perceive it”. We need to open our eyes to what God is doing.

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After evoking strong memories of the exodus event in Isa 43:16–17, God instructs the exiles to stop dwelling on the past. The “former things” previously seemed to refer to the judgment against Israel predicted earlier in Isaiah, so the instruction may have two parts: stop dwelling on your punishment (exile) and do not yearn for the former days of Israel’s power. Rather, attention should now be focused on God and His miraculous redemption today.

Source: John D. Barry et al., Faithlife Study Bible (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016), Is 43:18.