Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)
Letting go is giving up what is beyond your control to embrace what you can change.
In Isaiah 43:18-19, God spoke to His people through the prophet Isaiah saying: “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert.” The people held so tightly to the past that they missed the new things God wanted to show them.
God speaks the same warning and truth to us. We can’t control the past, but we can focus on the miracles around us today. We can’t control the words that once shaped our hearts, but we can replace them with truth from Scripture. We can’t control negative people, but we can choose joy for ourselves. Letting go isn’t easy in the beginning, because holding on is our natural response. But there’s so much hope! Just as the prophet Isaiah describes new roads in the desert and rivers in the wilderness, as we give up what we can’t control to embrace what we can change, new ways of thinking, relating and living are carved into our very being.
And the beautiful thing about letting go?
It doesn’t just change us. It has the power to change the next generation.
Pastor Chris Rich