Isaiah 43:18-19 addresses the principle of God asking his people to “forget the former things” before he can bring in the new. Isaiah, the prophet, is speaking for God when he says:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
The context of Isaiah 43:18-19 is God’s message to the people of Israel regarding the coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. The spirit of God’s message can be applied to your life now just as it was to the people of Israel’s then.
Consider the passage in its three parts:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
Are former things from your past holding you back, e.g. the wrong people, old conflicts, prior mistakes, flawed thinking? We Christians can still get caught up in the former things that God wants us to forget. If you aren’t careful, you can be controlled by things that Jesus already defeated at Calvary.
If this is you, do not dwell on the past. Instead, move forward, and dwell on the new things Christ has for you.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Jesus Christ is the new thing in the life of every Christian. See his work in your life.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Forget the old and receive the new.
If you are searching for the latest new thing to help you with the demands of your job, why not start by bringing Jesus to work with you every day? The world is full of all kinds of career advice. Some of it is good but some is also frivolous and just trendy. Jesus’ ways are rock solid, timeless, and always correct
Jeremiah 29:11 is God’s promise to his people:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Spend time with Jesus from Monday through Friday at work, just as you do on Sundays in church. Do your job while emulating Christ’s character and obeying in his Word.
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
This last part of the Isaiah 43:18-19 passage tells you that God can make a way when you are in the “desert and … wasteland.” He can make a way where you do not see a way. He will give you direction and provision to get you out of any world-based desert. Ask Jesus to do the things that only he can do.
Forget the former things that are holding your back.