Shepherd Daily Devotional

Forget the Past

“God is about to do a new thing in your life.”

God is about to do a new thing in your life.

Written by Benjamin Dankaka

After the Babylonian exile, God said to the people of Judah, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past”. For the people, that was not an easy thing to do. These were people who had been banished from their kingdom. Many of them had lost everything they owned. These were bitter experiences that were unforgettable. Yet, God wanted them to forget the past because that was the only way they could move forward. So after telling the people to forget the past, God went on to say, “See, I am doing a new thing!”

When God is about to do a new thing in your life, He expects you to give up on the past. God knew that if the people of Judah didn’t forget their pain, they wouldn’t be able to see the promise. If they don’t forget the past, the pain would prevent them from experiencing the joy that God was bringing into their lives. To experience the joy that God is about to bring into your life, you have to forget the pain you’ve experienced. In life, you can’t move forward and backward at the same time. Forget the past and focus on the promise!

Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to forget the past so I can enjoy the new thing.


Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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