Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. – Isaiah 43:18 KJV
Good late afternoon. I’ve been trying to read with God, although the hours brought many distractions. As I was thinking how things are so different since so many family and friends have died, little pieces of the past kept emerging in physical form. There were memories, notes, and legal documents. This all while even my reading was on… the past.
God used to communicate to us through our fathers and the prophets, but now he speaks to us through his son Jesus Christ.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” – Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV.
There is hope in things learned from our past, from his word, and his communication.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4.
There is recognition in Song of Solomon 2:11-12 of hardships and pain that have poured down like rain, but that those storms are gone. Spring is bringing new life. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
I was trying not to dwell on these physical memories, but started thinking maybe I wasn’t supposed to dwell but I should consider them. So as I finished reading, I stopped to consider them. Looking them over only confirmed what GOD was clearly telling me. The verse in the study used another version and simply said to not dwell. God led me to look the verses up in the KJV. To my surprise God was clear NOT TO EVEN CONSIDER the things of old. It is the Isaiah 43:18 verse posted at the beginning of this note.
Had I listened to God’s voice (the word is God talking to us), I would not have seen a particular item that caught my attention and absolutely started me dwelling on a question that can only be answered by God. (I will make another blog on that some time.) However, I believed at the time I was also doing it to consider the individual working so hard to clean things out. I didn’t want them to think I was trying to ignore them or did not care about all of their hard work. After seeing God said not to consider the things of old, I again just looked over the things to make that person happy but am trying to keep my mind on the present… the new. What was that for me? Well for one thing it was to finish that time with the Lord and get a blog on it while thinking on it from God’s perspective.
Items will continue to be discovered as the cleaning process takes awhile. It’s a combination of a loved one gone who was such a hoarder, a family who has scattered to so many places in so many directions but somehow had their things end up stored away in the same place. Each day is new and uncertain. We have no idea what God has planned for us. We need to be ready. We need to be prepared. We need to live where God has placed us this moment. Tomorrow can change everything… who’s here and who’s not, our address, our health, our careers, even our relationship with God. Lord willing, we will put our focus on that. He is top priority.
God, I think I hear you. I think I’m paying attention. Tomorrow has enough trouble of its own. I don’t need to drag the past with me. I need all the strength that today will require, that I might glorify your name in every way.