Summary: The new thing God promised to do in showing a way out of the spiritual wilderness and deserts people find themselves in
God will make a way when there seems to be no way! Sometimes we feel trapped in a situation with no easy or good solutions out of it. This is when we must depend on God and claim the truth of this promise.
This truth is given scriptural base in Isaiah 43:18, 19. Please stand in honor of the reading of the Word of God.
The southern kingdom of Judah was facing difficult time. The Babylonians had taken them as captives and made them slaves. The Lord God gave to the children of Israel this positive and uplifting message of hope. Maybe you can use a message of hope today as well.
III. We must put the past behind us
The prophet Isaiah tells the people in verse 18 two things they need to do. Forget former things
What former things is he referring to? Verse 16 refers to the parting of the sea and deliverance from Egypt. The Jews Isaiah was writing to focused on this miracle of God in the life of their people so much, it had become a blinder to see what God could and would do now.
It was a double edge sword. One side of the blade was the wonderful truth that God had intervened in the life of the Jews and delivered them from bondage in Egypt. The other side of the sword is they needed to forget the past so they could see God working in their future. Ever here someone talk the good old days in such a way it hampers them from moving forward.
1. Do not dwell on the past
The second truth Isaiah was teaching the people was not to dwell on past mistakes. Their forefathers had rebelled against Moses at Mount Sinai; they had failed to have faith in God to provide their food and water in the desert and failed to seize the opportunity to conquer the Promised Land. The keys to dealing with mistakes is recognizing them, learning from them and moving on.
A wise proverb says “If you are looking behind you, you cannot see where you are going”.
I don’t know what your past is like, but most people have some kind of regrets, mistakes and problems they would like to forget and put out of their mind. For some it is a divorce, for others it might be the loss of a job or a health issue, for someone else it might be a broken relationship, whatever it is ask God to help you put your past behind you.
Some people are dominated or controlled by their past. There present is not as cheerful and positive because they can’t move beyond what happened in the past. Maybe you have already tried praying about this, maybe it is time we got together and talked. Maybe I or one of the Deacons can come along side of you and help you break the chains of the past.
IV. We must trust God’s path before us
In verse 19 the Lord God says “I am doing something new”. Let me embellish on the “I” in this phrase. In verse 15 God gives several titles for Himself. Each one carries significance:
• I am the Lord – this is the famous Yahweh the personal name for God. God Himself is the one who is going to take action. He isn’t going to send an angel or a prophet – He Himself is going to do this!