Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done…

24 Jun

I am finding great encouragement this morning in the book of Isaiah.  Chapter 43 begins with one of my two favorite passages in the whole Bible.  God reminding Israel of the fact that He is their one and only Savior, and He intends to protect and guide them brings me great encouragement and insight into the character of God.  In conjunction with that truth, this morning I am also being encouraged and challenged by verses 18-19.  In which, Isaiah reports God as saying, “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?”  I read a commentary on this passage that made a statement that struck me as quite profound, but very true.  The writer said, “God intends our past to be a guidepost not a hitching post.”  How true is that statement!

God had done amazing things in Israel’s history, and the nation look to those things to keep them going.  Who can blame them for remember the things that God had done up to that point in history?  He had brought them out of slavery in Egypt.  He had led them to conquer the Promised Land.  He had sent them judges, kings, and prophets to guide them through daily life.  God had done amazing things in and through Israel.  But, God did not want the old things that He had done to become the driving force and focus of the people of Israel.  I believe the same can be said for us.  God is my one and only Savior who has done amazing things both in and through my life.  However, I can’t hold to those things of the past simply because they were great in the past.  God still has great things to do in and through me: great, new things.  He has called me as a witness (Is. 43:10) for Him in my context.  I have been entrusted with a message that must be proclaimed.  I cannot let my remembrance of the former things He has done prevent me from doing the new things He is calling me to.  While what God has done in the past was, and is, great and awesome, I cannot pine for the old things.  I must press forward knowing that God has great things in store for His glory.

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