“What Do You Expect of God’s Love This Year?” (Leaving the Past Behind)

by D.C. Randall

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

18 “Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past.

19 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.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]

his mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

There it goes. Did you see it? The past just flew by you. And that’s okay because it’s a new year and another opportunity to grow. It’s another opportunity to be disappointed, but also another opportunity to get back on your feet. Learn from your past then let it go. (That’s easier said than done. Even as I write this, I’m having trouble navigating and coping with something I thought I would’ve moved beyond by now.) But the thing is, God’s love doesn’t fail just because desires have yet to be met or mistakes have been made. Even if you have to cry, go mute, scream, or be held when you don’t want to, God’s passion for you is so great that it can handle a meltdown, a broken heart,  disappointment, and even fears that come along with something new. So trust God enough with your heart to let him have it. Surrender to his love and let it take you into the new year with a bang. It’s reliable, it can’t be defeated, and nothing can separate you from it, not even your past. God wants to do a new thing in your life every day. Maybe he wants to give you new hope, new thoughts, new strength to move beyond past things, or a new perspective for your future. Maybe 2015 is the perfect opportunity to watch him perform it in you.

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