Isaiah 43:16-21: “This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “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. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”
This passage can seem somewhat contradictory, as we are reminded of all the great things God has done but then told to forget the past. When in fact, it is not contradictory but a guide on what our thoughts should dwell upon. We should dwell upon the great acts of faithfulness from our God, but we should not dwell upon our mistakes, defeats and old thought-patterns of the past. •
Our focus should not be on ourselves and our shortcomings, but on the goodness, reliability, faithfulness and love of the Lord! •
It does not matter the wilderness or trial in which you are in the midst. It does not matter the size of your mountain in comparison with your small amount of faith. God says HE is what matters. HE will make a path through the wilderness. HE will provide nourishment and refreshment and rest in the midst of the desert.
Our God can and will make a way for us where there seems to be no way. So, cling to Him. Look to Him instead of the problem. Look to Him instead of yourself. Look to Him instead of past failures. Look to Him instead of how you think things should or will work out. Look to Him. He is all you need. He is more than enough. 🙌🏻