Something Brand New
Isaiah 43:18-19a “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?” NASB
The story of our lives is composed of chapters upon chapters of our personal history. Our history is comprised of a lifetime of moments along our journey that were permitted by an intentional God, that ultimately worked for the good, and now serve as gracious reminders of where we were and from whence He’s brought us. The experiences of days gone by play an important role in the shaping of our future. History has its place and certainly has its purpose but if we’re not careful, we can easily find ourselves going back to places of familiarity, becoming complacent, and losing sight of the new blessings ahead. If we continue to look in the rearview mirror of life, we will inadvertently build historical idols composed of past victories (I remember when I was the fastest thing running) and failures (I remember when my last race-beat by .001 second) that will eventually blind our eyes to the finished work of Christ and our ultimate victory through Him. It is important to place history in its proper place and characterize it with realistic perspective. Give credit to history for reminding us of the places in our lives where we were engaged in hard fought battles and triumph was its result. Credit history for bringing to the forefront of our minds times when God walked beside us and carried us to the peaceful eye of some of life’s most tumultuous storms. Pay homage to history for providing us with lessons that were earned, learned, and were invaluable in shaping who we are and who we’re yet to become. Yes, history has its place and undoubtedly has its purpose but we mustn’t allow the stories of yesteryear to wash away the hope of the new thing God is about to do in our lives today. The scriptural reference warns us to be alert and be present lest we in error appropriate the credit for our destiny to historical experiences rather than to the ability of our God to do new things in our lives despite historical facts, whether good, bad or indifferent. We cannot live in and hold on to the things of old and expect to have a fresh experience with God. Indeed, history has its place and undeniably has its purpose but if for no other reason; history should demonstrate to us that the new wine of blessings God wants to pour into our lives was never intended to survive in the antiquated wineskins of memories of old. The Father is waiting for us to release the remnants of the past and embrace the something brand new He is about to do.