“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 will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
─ Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
If you are someone who suffers from motion sickness, you’ve probably had a parent tell you to face forward and watch the road ahead so you don’t get carsick. Sitting backwards, turned around talking to someone, looking down and not paying attention to where they’re going, brings queasiness and usually makes the experience miserable for everyone along for the ride.
God desires for you to look forward to the new things He is doing in your life. Isaiah 43:18-19, our verses for today say, “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 will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (ESV).
Before their exodus, the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt. Generation after generation they cried out to God until He sent Moses to bring them out of their bondage and into a new land. But in order to get there, they had to travel through the desert. It was a tough journey and it lasted a long, long time. The people would grumble and complain to God, forgetful of the miraculous things God had done to bring them out of Egypt, across the Red Sea and sustain them day after day in the desert, providing food and water. The Bible says, even their shoes and clothing did not wear out (Deuteronomy 29:5).
Think about the past “deserts” God brought you through. At some point you’ve probably looked back and thought about the way life used to be or wanted to experience some sense of normalcy. Yet, God has a new plan. He wants you to face forward and embrace what He has for you.
Today’s One Thing
Here are 5 things you can do to face forward.
- Thank God for where you are today.
- Name at least three of the blessings He’s given you.
- Surrender control to Him.
- Give Him praise for the new He is about to do.
- Turn toward the horizon and hope with expectancy by faith.