Today's Lectionary Text
Isaiah 43:18-19Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do 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.
Forgetting the former things can be hard because of the good and bad that happen in life. Life has landmarks or memories that we cherish. Another side of life are the wounds we carry in our destinies. The children of Israel had experienced miracles of deliverance as they journeyed to the promised land. The past held them captive as they remembered and lamented in their circumstances. Reflections of the history distracted the new beginnings God was about to do. Therefore, God commands his people to “Forget the former things, and not dwell on the past.”
Why is God against telling us not to dwell in the former things? The response is hard to grasp yet true. Past hinders our present progress in what God is doing. When our focus is on the past, we disconnect with what God has in store for us. Worst of all, dwelling on our past makes us feel unthankful for all the blessings God has given us.
God promises something great to the disheartened, hopeless, wounded in heart, emotional depressed, and discouraged. “See, I am doing a new thing.” God wants us to discard the past so that we experience the new thing especially after we have suffered a little while. He says, “Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? God knows that if we are unreceptive to the brand-new things He is about to do, then we might prevent the newness to occur in our lives.”
I am thinking loud with great excitement that a new thing is coming after Good Friday. The darkest hour is inevitable, and the enemy thinks he will win. God will silently reserve Himself till Sunday morning. He knows what He has in store for us, “Resurrection.” God informs us that what He has in store for us, is far better than the past and the best is yet to come as we move forward into Easter season.
What is holding you back? The divine word is inscribed within our hearts and minds, “Forget the former things … Easter is coming with its brand newness beyond human comprehension. It will be our “Breaking News.” Just stay tuned, connected, and experience the new thing God is about to do. Amen.
--Rev. Ever V. Mudambanuki
Nebraska City First UMC
Prayer for Reflection
O God of power help us to discard the past and embrace the new You are about to do. Teach us how to resist dwelling in the past and hold us firm in the present as we wait for the new thing which is about to burst open. Amen
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