14 This is what Yahveh says, your protector, the sovereign king of Israel: “For your sake I send to Babylon and make them all fugitives, turning the Babylonians’ joyful shouts into mourning songs. 15 I am Yahveh, your sovereign ruler, the one who created Israel, your king.” 16 This is what Yahveh says, the one who made a road through the sea, a pathway through the surging waters, 17 the one who led chariots and horses to destruction, together with a mighty army. They fell down, never to rise again; they were extinguished, put out like a burning wick. 18 “Don’t bother remembering these earlier events; don’t recall these former events. 19 “Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it? Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness. 20 The wild animals of the desert honour me, the jackals and ostriches, because I put water in the desert and streams in the wilderness, to quench the thirst of my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself, so they might praise me.”
don’t bother remembering
The trouble with remembering the past is that it creates an expectation that some of the great events of the past will happen again. Many in our churches are so tied to their own glorious past that they miss opportunities to reach people for Christ in the present. Isaiah encouraged his people not to bother remembering the past events where God intervened gloriously to rescue his people. Instead, he encouraged them to focus of who their God is. True, their past miraculous events did explain that God loves them and wants to rescue them, but the difference is that God wants to express that love and covenant loyalty in a new way. He is about to do something new.
LORD, we know you love us, and want to rescue us in Christ. We are poised for you to act in our favour, but we don’t want our expectations to get in the way. Surprise us!