Connecting People to Christ

Connect With God

"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."

ISAIAH 43:19

God uses events in our lives to shape us, to teach us, to grow us--and some of the key events are those sparked by sin (our own or someone sinning against us), by our missteps, by our confusion.  Memories of the past, therefore, can too easily feel like shackles holding us to failures, regrets, ignorance, foolishness, and sin.

However, God doesn't want us bound by our past.  When God saves us from the death we deserve for our sin, He frees us from the guilt and shame of our former life as well.  He gives us a fresh beginning.  He frees us to receive every good thing He wants to give us.

If your past feels like a wilderness, know that God wants to make a road through it, perhaps to help you navigate the difficult years and salvage the good.  If your past feels like a desertland of death, know that God will make rivers of redemption flow as He brings beauty out of ashes.  Embrace the fresh beginning God wants to give you.

from Discovering God's Daily Agenda
by Henry & Richard Blackaby