“ Forget the former things..”
Last Friday, I was travelling with a few of my friends. The long ride back to campus was punctuated with conversations about our personal lives; specifically, about our past girlfriends or boyfriends. Michael (let’s call him that) then started to open up about his ex-girlfriend and confessed that he still had feelings for her. But what got us quite concerned was how it was affecting him. Michael couldn’t contemplate marriage or even consider the possibility of investing in a new relationship because he just couldn’t let go of her.
What was inherently a good thing was preventing him from achieving the best. I am inclined to believe that it’s not just the inherently bad or evil things that distract us from reaching our God-given potential, but the good things which aren’t good enough. In Isaiah 43:19, God promises to do a new thing for his people. But the previous verse particularly caught my attention:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past.”
I’m fully convinced that if God were to do a new thing on this campus, some old things have to go. If God were to do a new thing in our lives, some old things have to be forgotten. One of my mentors defined reformation as “moving closer to the Lord by moving farther from the world.” And rightly so, since in order for God to draw us to new heights in our relationship with Him, we may have to lose some worldly weight. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to “throw off everything that easily hinders and the sin that so entangles” so that we can keep soaring to new heights with Jesus (Hebrews 12:1).
So what are some things in your life that need to be forgotten? Can you identify those good things in your life which prevent you from getting the best things from God? What are those old things that simply need to go? God is about to do a new thing on this campus. It starts with you.