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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
A new year. New chapter. New beginnings. For me, resolutions are not a big tradition but choosing to be more intentional is. I aim to live one day at a time and choose joy over hardship, while understanding the hardship I do experience is the pathway to peace.
It doesn’t have to be the beginning of a new year to do any of this, but it just so happens to be the beginning of a new year. God makes a way every day, but only if our hearts are ready to receive it and our eyes prepared to see it.
He invites us to not dwell on the past. He says not to dwell, but in order to live in today sometimes the best thing to do is look at the yesterdays to figure out how we got to where we are. Deal with it, don’t dwell. Address it, walk through it, and live in the new today.
He promises us in Lamentations 3:22-23 that His mercies are new every morning. As Jesus followers, it’s a beautiful blessing that we can embrace that truth and see the new things He does and continues to do every day. New sunrise, new sunset. No day is ever the same.
When we struggle to let go of the wasteland and things of the past, we become dulled to and blind to the great gifts around us. It’s a new year, so maybe this day in the new year is the day we choose to get our eyes off the rearview mirror of the past and focus on the power of Jesus—the maker of all things new today, tomorrow, and forever.
At the time this scripture was recorded, Israel was in captivity to the past and because of their rebellion they assumed that God didn’t want anything to do with them. There wasn’t anything further from the truth. The same God that wanted to set the captives free then wants to do the same for us today. He loves us no matter what we’ve done or what’s been done to us and He will never stop pursuing us.
He is always at work to create new. He is already working on the plan and purpose of our lives even when we cannot see it. We can trust that He is working even if we have been running or in captivity to our pain and rebellion.
Thought of the day: What part of your past or yesterday is holding you captive? What if today you could choose to trust and see the tender mercies of a new day, new year, and new life with Jesus? Are you numb or blind to His faithfulness and attempts to capture your heart?
Prayer: Father God, thank You that You are the maker of all things new. Help me to live today with eyes that see the eternal spring of hope and redemption through You. Help me to be bold and intentional in how I choose to use this day for Your glory and my good. In Jesus’ name, amen.