Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old.
19 See, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not be aware of it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
In the past, God, through the prophet Isaiah warns His chosen people, the nation of Israel, that He was going to punish them for their unfaithfulness to Him. He will cause them to be defeated and taken captive by their enemies and they will be exiles in a foreign land away from home for years.
In the midst of separation from God in their mind and physical separation from their homeland and the temple in Jerusalem where God’s people believe God dwelt, God now in the midst of Israel's despair and discouragement, gives them a promise of hope through the Prophet Isaiah.
In this text, God is speaking to His people concerning a new thing that He is going to do for them. In other words, things will change in the future. No, they will no longer be the same because God is including them in His future plans.
Today, God is sending forth a promise of hope that can only be received when we choose to let go and forget the past and receive what He has now has in store for us.
Yes, we can be tempted to reflect back on past hurts, pains, disappointments, sufferings, etc., but on today God call us to pay no more attention to those former things for He is willing and is able to do a new thing in us with our cooperation.
Our question to be answered is "are we willing to listen and follow God's" instructions? Are we willing to let go and forget the past in order to receive what God has for us now and in the future?
Just like the children of Israel, we too have a choice. We could meditate on our past or we could focus upon what God wants to do in and through our lives now and in the future.
How will we respond to God's promise concerning our future?
Let go and forget the past in order to receive the promise! Is this where you are mentally and spiritually on today?