Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.
This verse is fairly familiar to most of us. Paul also talked about this same idea. Letting go of the past and moving forward. But as I read this verse this past week, another thought occurred to me that I’d like to share with you.
I think the verses are also about our expectations.
As we go through life and all the experiences that it throws at us, we form expectations. Those expectations can become so ingrained in us that they hold us back form God’s best plan for us.
For example, I’ve struggled with my weight for many years. And that means I’ve been on many diets. Each time I go on one, I truly want to lose the weight, but past results of diets have led me to certain expectations. The expectation being that I may lose 10 or 15 pounds before the diet stops working and/or I go back to old habits.
And you know what?
That’s exactly what happens!
And do you know why? Because of the expectations I’ve learned from past experiences. The truth is it doesn’t have to happen that way, but I let my past expectations control my present actions. If I stay with the nutrition plan and the exercise program that’s been working, why wouldn’t it continue to work?
It would except that I’ve programmed myself to expect failure. And so I that’s exactly what I get–FAILURE!
Maybe, it’s time to reset our expectations and experience more of God’s blessings, more of God’s success, more of God’s power in our life.
One way to do that is that as shut down those negative voices telling you that you CAN’T do it, that it WON’T work out, that you SHOULDN’T expect good things, use your voice and tell them out loud: WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
SHARING TIME: What negative expectations are holding you back from God’s best for you?