Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 30th

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God is a master at turning unfair things into miracles when we let Him. I saw this saying that a friend posted this morning and thought how true that is. Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old, behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Letting go of the old from our hearts to embrace God’s new for us. Isaiah 43:18 begins by saying, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old..”. The Israelites were stuck in the past, remembering their former captivity and the miracles God had done, yet fearing the new freedom they now lived in. In Isaiah 43:19a, we see Him telling them why to stop looking back and longing for what was gone: “I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forther; shall ye not know it?”

Here, the Lord encourages His people to let go of the old and embrace the new, even though this new seemed scary and unfamiliar. He wanted them to open their eyes to see He was still at work and still sovereign. By keeping their eyes focused on the past, they were blinded to the good new things He was doing.

We all experience new seasons of life from time to time, with some being positive and some negative; some wanted, and some unwanted; some exciting and some terrifying. We can choose to look at and think about these seasons of newness will determine whether or not we walk through them with peace, hope and joy, or with heartache, anxiety and fear.

When we intentionally choose to believe God’s new is always good-even if we didn’t ask for it, want it or understand it-we can step into the new with courage, bravery, a positive attitude and an unsinkable faith. Letting go of the old frees up our hearts to embrace God’s new for us.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.”

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