“But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
God gives us signals when He wants us to let go of one thing so that we can take hold of another. Sometimes He removes His grace so that a job, a position, or task that we once enjoyed becomes tedious and joyless. Other times, the Lord puts pressure on us, squeezing us off the old path, and onto a new one. If we listen carefully, we may hear His voice telling us, “I’m done with that! I have something else I want you to do now…” Every time that God has asked me to let go of one thing, it’s been because He has had something even better for me waiting up ahead. God was clearly giving me signals, I was choosing not to see them. I allowed fear and self-doubt to cloud my vison and block my ears.
Scripture says: “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?” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
Before we can lay hold of the new things that God wants to do in our lives, we have to let go of the old things. And it is a test of our faith. When we sense that the Lord is leading us into new territory, we can either move forward in faith or we can shrink back in fear. What we need to remember in times like these is that failing to trust God always robs us of His best.
What is the Lord asking you to let go of today?
If you’ll listen very closely, I believe you’ll hear Him say–“Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!” (Isaiah 43:19 MSG)
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times that You’ve wanted to do a “new thing” in my life, and I’ve failed to cooperate with You. Today, I ask that You reveal to me those things that You want me to let go of at this time. Thank You for giving me the faith I need to move into the bigger and brighter things that You have planned for me!