A New Thing

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!..”

In Isaiah 43: 14-25, the Lord speaks to the Israelites with encouragement on how He will deliver them from the Babylonians. He continues on by reminding them of the exodus and how He delivered them from the Egyptians; destroying the mighty Army in the Red Sea. After reminding them of this great history, the Lord instructs the Israelites to “forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” How perplexing! Why the shift of perspective? First the Lord brings to remembrance the great history of the Israelites, but then quickly tells the to “forget about it, I’m doing something different!”

However, the Lord ever so quickly pivots back again to reminding the Israelites of their disobedience over the next several verses; concluding with verse 24 “…but you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses”. Again, why discuss the past with the Israelites if His desire is for them to forget about the former things?

The Lord provides the clarity in verse 25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” The Lord exposes that this new thing He is creating “remembers your sins no more!” You see, this new thing is the Lord Jesus Christ, and by dying in him, you die to your old self and rise as a new thing. When you live in Christ, He has “remembered your sins no more”, then you too should remember your sins no more. The trouble is many Christian continue to live in the past. They choose to dwell on those former things, which robs them of blessings and the calling that the Lord has for them.

Are you dwelling on your past and allowing it to affect your relationship with the Lord? Are you allowing the former things to figuratively stain your new garments? If the Lord states He remembers your sins no more, then why are you holding onto those past failures? I believe its because you do not truly believe the Lord has forgiven you.

Men, I encourage you to put your full faith in Jesus Christ! That He did indeed die for all of your sins (past, present, and future), and know that you are now a new thing in Christ! Take hold of the new found freedom from sin, and seek the beautiful calling the Lord has for you.

Forget the former and become a new thing!

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