“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB

The key word is ponder, which keeps fouling us up. It means to keep talking about, keep dwelling on, in this case, your past such as hurts by a former spouse, a former boss or employee, or a parent that hurt you. You see, some of you will never see the destiny that God has for you because you’re stuck in your past and most likely bitter. But instead, you are being challenged to learn from it, forgive, and move on from your past with the promise that God is about to do something new in your life. God is forever creating. He’s a creating God. He’s creating a new beginning for you. He’s liberating you from your past and moving you forward, focusing you on the road to your destiny. Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor, said in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” You have a choice as to how you will either respond or react to your past.

Take Action:

Be proactive with affirming God’s Word and living it, being careful that you deal correctly with your past and with any unforgiveness you may have. Assume responsibility for choices and decisions you have made, whether right or wrong, and quit holding others hostage. Stop playing the blame game. God has a great plan. A great future for you. He knows what He is doing. Trust Him.