REFUSING TO FORGIVE

Isaiah 43:1-21

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Isaiah 43:18

What happens when you can’t seem to let go of pain and hurt from past years? Bitterness is a common symptom, the refusal to forgive. Far more often, however, the refusal to move forward results in depression and even despair. When you dwell on pain, it’s not long before your entire experience of life is defined by that pain, and that clearly is not what God has intended for you as His child.

There is another way, and it’s not any quick remedy or simple formula from a self-help book. The key is looking to God for encouragement and the gift of His renewal: “Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field will glorify Me . . . because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My chosen people. The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My praise” (Isaiah 43:18-21 NASB).

God is ready to do a work of renewal in your heart and life, and He asks you, “Will you not be aware of it?” You may be in the desert, and you may have been scorched too long by its hot, blowing sands. But God has prepared a river of relief for you if you will only ask Him to open your eyes to His refreshment.

Thank You, Lord, for Your river of relief. Open my eyes to Your refreshment.

 

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