“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.”
– Isaiah 43:18-19
How many of us feel like we’re stuck in a rut? Like we’re constantly doing the same thing over and over and going nowhere. That’s what it feels like when we are wandering in the wilderness. The wilderness is an empty or pathless area or region. When we are in the wilderness, God wants to make a way for us. But that requires some work on our part too.
First, we have to change our focus by looking at what’s ahead of us instead of behind us. We must forget the former things and stop dwelling on the past.
Second, you have to clarify your focus by discovering what God wants for you, not what we want for ourselves. What do you see when you view your life? Do you see possibilities or problems? Look back at our verse. It says, “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
We have a choice. We can view our past and the problems of our present, or we can focus upon what God wants to do in our lives. We must see our possibilities as God sees them; He is making a way in the desert. God is able to transform the desert areas of our lives into fields of blessing and abundance. God can take a dried up useless life and transform it into a life of purpose and grace.
Lastly, we have to commit ourselves to God’s plan. God has already set into motion a new direction and a new purpose for your life — will you follow Him? If we refuse God’s plan, if we refuse to follow where God is leading, then we will be doomed to remain captive in our situations.
Love and Nuggs,