Happy New Year: Do not remember the former things.

Welcome to the new year! I decided to start this year off on the right foot—I found a 31 day scripture writing plan on Pinterest and decided that is how I’m going to begin my days for the month. Today’s really affected me, which I’ll get into in a second, so I thought it would be fun to share with you what I learn each day as I embark on writing out these scriptures, delving into my Bible, and hearing God speak.

The first verse is Isaiah 43:16-19. This verse reads: “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick): Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

A lot of things are happening in our life right now, not all of which I can divulge just yet. But I can tell you that they are new things. And I can tell you these things only happened when I promised myself, my husband, and God that I will be content with where we are in life because it is where He means us to be right now. Already, you can maybe see why this verse affected me.

The part that really hit me, that really made me feel like God was speaking to me this morning, was verses 18 and 19: “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” It was as if God was telling me that He will create paths for us when we decide to let go of the past and trust Him with everything in our life.

So here is what I learned: when we let go of the past, past hurt and even past triumph, God can and will give us so much more. He can pave a way where we maybe didn’t see a road. With Him, all things are possible.

I don’t make new years resolutions because I’d rather not tie my goals to a specific year. I usually bit off more than I could chew and ended up disappointing myself. This year, though, my “resolution” is to let go and let God in all areas of my life, from finances to my marriage. I have to realize that I cannot do anything without Him, and if I want to see Him work, I have to silence myself.

So I encourage you. What former things do you need to forget? What new thing would you like to see God do in your life this year?

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