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Devotional - week of October 7, 2012


BE NOT CONSUMED WITH THE PAST

 

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?  Isaiah 43:18-19

Isaiah had just spoken about the deliverance God had given Israel from their captivity in Egypt. He had utterly crushed the army of their captors in the Red Sea.

In verses 18 and 19, God, through Isaiah, looks to the future deliverance of this same nation from the Babylonians. In this context God tells the Jews not to look to the things He had done for them in the past but to put their minds on the things he has for them in the future.

We have all heard someone talk about the great miraculous works of the Lord in the past as though God will no longer do great works. It is that attitude on the part of the Israelites that God is dealing with in His statement not to think of the past. Sadly, there are those today who believe that God will no longer do miracles for them.

Thinking of the past victories of the Lord can build our faith in God. However, if we think of the “good old days” as if we will never see them again, we are creating a spirit of defeat.

God told the Jews that He was going to do a new thing. He would deliver them from the Babylonians. We should always believe that God is about to do something new for us—He is about to demonstrate His power in our circumstances. 

Living out our union with Christ resulting in our being filled with the Holy Spirit can keep us in faith that God will do miracles in our present circumstances. The fruit of the Spirit is … faith (Galatians 5:22). The Greek word translated “faithfulness” in some translations is the same word for “faith.”