Looking Forward

Did you know that sometimes God seems to contradict Himself?

In Joshua 4, and a couple other places, God told the Israelites to set up monuments to remember what He had done.  Then in Isaiah 43:15-19 He says:

I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator, your King.”

This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,

who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

“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.

He says “forget the former things.”  Why?  Here’s what I think:

Remembering the former things is a tool to help us determine God’s character and focus our faith and hope on Him for the future.  There seems to be a fine line between the past being a tool for the future, and ‘the good ‘ole days’.

God wants us to always be forward focused.  I read yesterday that an optimist is forward focused, a pessimist is not.  When we look backwards, let’s look for determinants of God’s provision that will show us how God will provide for the future.  He is unchanging and eternal.

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One Response to “Looking Forward”

  1. Jeanine Says:

    (Isa.43:15-19)

    Right-on! The key words are “dwell on” the past. It’s OK, even appropriate, to occasionally glance at the past, to better appreciate where we currently are, and God’s faithfulness to us. However, if we “dwell on” the past, we will tend to either yearn for the “good ‘ol days” or else get bogged down by the hurts of the past, and keep playing the old “disc” over and over in our mind. Either way, it’s not healthy to live in there!

    That’s no doubt why God tells us that He is “doing a new thing”! God is excited about His current, new plans (you can ‘hear’ it in the text) – and He wants us to become excited (and encouraged) by these new plans, too!

    Jeanine 9/08

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