Do Not Dwell on the Past

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Isaiah 43:18

“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?”

After I had been in prison long enough to be free of all the physical effects of my addictions, I began to think more clearly. I was honest with myself and God. I realized I hated myself for what I had done to ruin my life. I never blamed anyone else – only me – for the poor choices I made, one after another, that eventually led me to prison. Maybe you feel this way now.

I had broken relationships with, and pushed away, all my friends and family. Having been homeless for most of the three years leading up to my incarceration, I was left with no material possessions other than what was zipped-up inside a single, hanging garment bag in the prison’s property room. I was convinced there was no hope of anything ever getting better. I thought my future could never be any better than my past.

God was ready to do a new thing in my life, but I couldn’t see it if I kept looking at my past. He did not reveal all His plans for me at once. It would have blown my mind!


Tell God the Father you are willing to quit looking at your past. Ask Him to lead you by His Spirit one day at a time into the future He has planned for you. Trust Him to do it.

Do not dwell on the past.

Dive Deeper: Study Isaiah 43.