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God can Make All Things New

By Danny Hernaez


“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Several years after a friend weathered a huge storm in his marriage, I asked him, “How do you not remember and not get angry all over again when you’re reminded of the hurt your wife caused you?” His answer was simple but not easy: “I choose to believe that God loves me, my wife, and my children. And I choose to trust God.” The key word here is “choose.”

Today’s key verse in Isaiah is also about choosing. In life, we can choose to remember the hurtful times, or we can choose not “to call to mind the former things.” Let us look at some real-life examples where we can chose to look ahead rather than behind:

I can choose…
· not to repeat in my mind the hurtful words others said in an argument.
· not to hold grudges.
· to forgive someone for unfaithfulness.

We can make choices like these every day in life, and as we do, I believe we will see God do something new and miraculous in our lives. After all, He is the God who makes a “roadway in the wilderness” and “rivers in the desert” as our verse says.

I saw my friend choose to trust God during the storm in his marriage. Then, over and over again, I have seen him choose to look ahead to the new things God promises to do in his marriage, rather than dwell on the hurts of the past. I am inspired by my friend’s ability to rejoice over the new life God brought to his marriage. As our conversation concluded he said, “What we went through was absolutely heartbreaking, but I prayed to see it through God’s eyes. I believe that God can make all things new, that God can work all things to our good if we believe in Him. God transformed our marriage as I rested in Him and trusted Him.”

Dear Lord, I rejoice that You make all things new! Lord, You can even raise a dead marriage to new life. Lord, I choose to look ahead not behind in my life. I choose not to call to mind hurts from the past. I cannot wait to see what good things You bring to my life as I trust and obey You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. <(((><

The Bible does not tell us that we should not feel angry,
but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly.
If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships.
If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within.
Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way
that builds relationships rather than destroys them.

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