Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:9-10
What? Just yesterday God says to forget the former things. Today, He says to remember the former things. Is God confused? By no means. Yesterday, He said to forget the former things because He is doing a new work. If you are too caught up in only the former things you will miss out on the current and new things God is doing. We also saw how that applies to hurts and sin. Don’t get stuck in the past where you have no faith for the future. In Jesus’ hometown, Jesus could do little because of the people’s lack of faith. In contrast, today He says to remember the former things; remember what God has done, remember the promises He kept, remember perhaps the promises He made that are still yet to come. Remember those things so you can trust He will carry them out in the future. Those things from the past help build faith for the future. See, both forget the past and remember the past can be true. Both can lead to God working in us, bringing blessings to all those around us.