This is an interesting verse settled in among the writings of Isaiah. It’s in the 2nd to last chapters of his book. The book of Isaiah talks about Judah and the surrounding countries at the time, it also is about a future redeemer- a suffering servant and also a victorious warrior. Isaiah speaks of times past, times to come and times to come again. It’s like the verse in Revelation “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty”. (Rev 1:8)
Christ was, Christ is and Christ is still to come.
In the future, there will be a time of the new heavens and new earth ( that are being prepared presently) when the worries and cares of your present life won’t be remembered. I could spend a lot of time wondering about this, why? how? This verse speaks of a time still to come.
Reading through the book of Isaiah, the reader understands that some prophecy has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus, and there are still other prophecies that have not passed yet, but soon will. I don’t want to get off track, but here’s some examples if your interested :
Still to come :
- You shall be called by a new name Is 62:2b (rev 2:17, 3:12)
- For the heavens will vanish away like smoke,The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;
Fulfilled in Christ :
There’s much more, and some leave the reader wondering… for example, verses about darkness over the whole land. That happened at Christ’s death and will also happen again according to the book of revelation. (6th seal and 4th trumpet in Revelation)
Back to my main subject….in looking at the verse titled above, “And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind” I wondered why would God want to remove our remembrance of this life? To me, it seems puzzling. The former things, the days we are in right now as you read this will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. This has not happened yet but it will happen. Why? I believe it is to renew us, the things of this life can heavily weigh us down, sins, hurts, life circumstances, even some things we don’t realize. We will enter into this new Kingdom with a brand new cleansed mindset. Will we remember people? maybe, I think so but I don’t know the answer to that , but this life won’t be remembered. Two things I ponder here – Were our spirit’s /soul’s with the Lord before our birth and that memory wiped out? also this shows us the IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A NEW MINDSET. God wants us to have a right mindset.
Our mindset/ thought’s are often spoken of in God’s word. We are told to continually renew ourselves and the way to do that is through God’s Word. We are instructed to consider our thoughts, take wrong thoughts captive, make sure you are thinking and meditating on the right things- (not ideas of this world and pagan ideologies) How is this renewing accomplished? We are renewed with 1) obedience, to Christ, 2) knowledge – , God’s knowledge, that is the Word of God. 3) refusing to go along with the way the world things 4) putting off your old lusts and sins 5) living in righteousness and holiness 6) Checking your thought life
5 verses on RENEWING YOUR MIND :
1-And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2
2-But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness Eph 4:23-24
3- Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. PHil 4:8
4-casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ 2 cor 10:5
5 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, Col 3:8
Not only do we need to study and obey God’s word along with watching our thought life, but its also important to stay away from sin and anything that could potentially drag you down and into past sins. (Isaiah 5:18) That includes the friends you have (Ps 1) , the shows you watch, the music you entertain yourself with. (It is better to listen to the sharp words of a wise man than to listen to the song of fools.Eccl 7:5) I can’t find it, maybe its in another version that what I’m using (I use NLT and NKJV) but there was a verse that I remember where God was saying the people sit around and listen and entertain themselves with idle, worthless music. And you might be wondering, what’s the big deal?
Well, King Solomon explains:
Keep your heart with all diligence, ( Guard your heart above all else)
For out of it spring the issues of life. ( for it determines the course of your life)
Put away from you a deceitful mouth, ( avoid perverse and corrupt speech)
And put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet, ( stay on the safe path)
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.Prov 4:23-27
What we see, what we hear, where we go, what we do goes into our heart and it comes out in issues of our life. Your heart is like a spring and there are branches out of this into your life. I wrote a post on this a while ago describing the heart. It’s both a spring like of water and there is also, among believers, the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Back to my subject… former things won’t be remembered, it’s important to renew your mind and with that, I want to share a vision, I was part awake and then I woke up and I could see the vision continuing, which may further explain what will happen to us in the end time – being completely renewed ( not remembering all the dirt , sorrows, pains and hard times of life) and also I sometimes think this is how we were originally created in the beginning….
A dream and vision of a garment of brilliant light ; early in the morning, I was waking up out of a very different dream. It seemed there had been an innumerable amount of time and hours spent searching through my entire life- an exhaustive study- you could say of me. Things were being taken out of my life- every bad thing I had ever done and said, along with every wrong or bad thing that had happened to me. All of this was being taken out of me and put in a canister that was being held by an angel. There was much- intense study- searching back to my early childhood. I stood there as my life was being cleaned out – as if they were going in my heart/spirit and cleaning everything out. I was waking up and the dream/ vision still continued as I was awake – watching it all play out before my eyes. They had gone back to my toddler days- every hurt was being taken out of me, things I didn’t even realize were there. Times when I had sinned, hurt others, moments of sadness, times when others hurt me. They didn’t stop until every wrong, every hurt, every evil was gone. It was amazing to think that even as a small child, there were things that I didn’t even know were there. They were taking out all the times I had been hurt or hard times I had suffered- even back to my toddler and childhood days. It was amazing.. This was no short event, it seemed to go on forever, but as I watched, and I was awake fully now, I could see a bright light around and on me, I could see myself standing up with my arms out as my life was searched and cleaned out.(At this point I am fully awake and watching this) I looked at the canister and it was almost full and I turned to see myself, I looked- and in amazement I had turned into this brilliant shining white light. My arms, my clothes were like a bright white shining light. I could see myself on a brilliant white step and there I was- a brilliant shining white light. I was changed and transformed. I wonder if this is what will happen when the Lord changes us when He returns again! It was amazing.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
This is so important to the Lord, not only will He cleanse us in the future, but He instructs us to be continually renewed in our minds and hearts while on this earth. Make renewing your mind in Christ a part of your everyday life.
Create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Show us the old paths, the right way to go,we will
not turn to the left or right but set our face like flint toward you. Watch over us, O Lord, guide in the way to go
cleanse our hearts and make us acceptable before you.
In the precious name of Jesus,