Behold, I am doing a new thing….(Isaiah 43:19)
Many of us live in the past. We allow our most life-altering moments to go with us into our present and then, in turn, into our future. We have a hard time seeing how anything good could come from the wrong that has been done to us. We cannot see light at the end of the tunnel or hope for the darkness that has befallen us, so we bury hurt, pain and disappointment. This attitude only stores up a root of deep bitterness in our hearts and makes us people who are less trusting, transparent and vulnerable.
There’s something about life that can harden the soul if we allow it. The only way to soften a soul hardened by pain and disappointment is to start hoping in the promises of God found in His word.
God always shows up when it seems as though life couldn’t get any worse. If we are willing to believe that He is “doing a new thing,” we’ll be able to live with hope. Hope softens a heart once hardened by anger, pain and disappointment. Hope whispers into our torn and tattered souls; don’t fear, I’m with you, and through this pain, I am doing a new thing.
Lord, we do not give up or give into despair today, because we know through you there is always hope. We know that in the darkest moments of life you are always working and doing a new thing. Please, do not allow us to cut ourselves off from the growth you want to do in us by not believing with hope in the promises of your word. Father, I give up everything, including the past, so you can do a new thing in my heart today. Help me Lord, to walk by faith and not by sight. Do not allow me to take a step unless it is being directed by you, in Jesus name, amen.