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Isaiah 43:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
History Behind These Verses
Isaiah is a prophet. A prophet is a person who is given directions or wisdom directly from God to share with a specific group of people. Isaiah was called by God to be a messenger to the Israelites. He spent the majority of his adult life doing just this. When these verses were spoken by Isaiah, a large portion of God’s children were being held captive for the second time. Years earlier the Israelites were held as slaves in Egypt, and now they were in bondage in Babylon.
Isaiah was sent to speak hope to God’s people. He was sent to remind the Israelites of a few very important things. First, the children of God were to remember how God had earlier rescued them from their captivity in Egypt. Secondly, Isaiah was sent to warn the Israelites to not dwell on their past. These two instructions: to remember, and then do not dwell seem kind of contradictory. Let’s take a couple of minutes to read some of the earlier verses found in Isaiah 43 so that we can get a clear picture of the exact message from God’s prophet. You will notice in verses 16-17 that Isaiah is quoting events which happened years earlier. Verses 16-17 state some of the amazing events which took place during the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.
Isaiah 43:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”
16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
So, why is Isaiah first reminding the Israelites about their past to only later tell them to not remember it? After researching these verses, I discovered two reasons for this “double talk”: first, the Israelites were allowed to be held captive both times as a direct consequence from the sins they were committing. God has forgiven them , and they must now forgive themselves and move forward in their relationship with God. God is wanting them to not dwell on their past sins.
Secondly, the Israelites should remember the great and miraculous acts God has done for them in their past. Although all of these acts of were incredible and definitely worth remembering, God does not want them to only dwell on them. Doing so could limit His children’s future expectations. The Israelites had witnessed some incredibly amazing things during their release from Egypt. These miracles should not be forgotten, but the Israelites need to realize that these past miracles are nothing compared to the miracles still to come. God is wanting the Israelites to look to their future with new and open eyes! He wants them to realize that they are now free from their past sins! He desires for them to look with great anticipation to their future lives with HIM!
Road– a way or course
In– expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else.
Wilderness- what is uninhabited and uncultivated , in the spiritual sense, where are no good and truth
Connection To Us
Watch the news on any given night and you will begin to feel like there is no hope. Our crazy world can cause us to feel depressed, scared, and alone if we are not careful. Satan wants us to feel these things. He knows if he can somehow trick us into believing that we are living in an evil world all alone with no hope, that we will begin to do desperate things!!! When we do these desperate things we move farther and farther off of the path that God has created for us!
I know that Satan is full of lies! I KNOW that my God is still here with me and I know that there is still hope! When I look again at the key words found in Isaiah 43:19, I realize that there is actually MORE than HOPE for us- I realize that there is an actual path paved for us! This path, if we choose to follow it, will lead us to ultimate victory!!!!
Look again at the definition for the word in:
in– expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded.
I darkened key words so that we wouldn’t miss them:
“APPEARS TO BE ENCLOSED OR SURROUNDED”
Our world only APPEARS to be enclosed with evil! God is STILL here! He will never leave us!!! As long as He is here LOVE AND HOPE are here!!!! Never believe that you are alone or that our world is only filled with darkness. You may be walking in a dark valley right now, but your valley will end- if you keep moving! Continue to follow God. He has a made way out! You must keep walking forward!!! You must NEVER give up!! There is a path in the valley which God has created JUST for you! God will lead you out!!!
God is ready and willing to LEAD each one of us Down OUR Road in the WILDERNESS!!!
As I was writing this, I was picturing myself following God through a jungle. The weeds and tall grasses were so thick that I could not see more than six inches in front of me. I continued walking, holding my head down as I went so that the brush wouldn’t get in my face. As I walked, I held on to God’s long white robe. He felt me holding onto Him and He comforted me. He was never bothered that I was holding onto Him. In fact, He moved very slowly and carefully so that I would be able to keep up. He NEVER left me or led me ASTRAY!!! It was HIS mission to lead me!!! He wanted to be with me!!!! He was actually creating the path as we walked!!! HIS STEPS were going ahead of mine and clearing the way for me!!!!
I think THIS is how it TRULY is for each one of us!!!! No matter where we are at any given moment God is ready and willing to create a path OUT for us!!!! Will you let Him lead you today??? Will you get up and walk????:)