In tropical countries, hunters used to capture monkeys with a simple but effective trap. They placed a banana or something sweet inside a basket, and anchored the basket to something solid. A hole in the top of the basket allowed a monkey to get its open hand inside and grab the food.
Once the monkeys place their hands into the basket to grab the banana, they immediately are trapped. The closed fist with the banana in hand doesn’t allow for them to slip their hand out of the basket so they’re stuck in the same place and this allows the hunters to approach the monkeys and kill them.
The funny thing is that the monkeys can easily escape the trap by simply letting go of the banana. If they let go of the banana within the basket their hand will be freed and they will be able to run away, but they don’t. They’re stubborn and don’t let go of the banana and they loose every time.
Sometimes we can be like these monkeys. Sometimes we can find ourselves with our hand in the basket trying to hold on to something that in the end will only hurt us, pull us back, or maybe even spiritually destroy us. The scriptures declared that God was getting ready to do something new in the life of the Israelites and all that they had to do was forget the former things (to simply let go) and God was going to reveal a new thing that was already unfolding and in the works in their lives.
God desires to do a new thing in our lives this year but in order to do so, He might require us to let go of some old habits, friends, relationships, a job, etc. This is not always an easy process but consider Abraham as God asked him to leave everything behind and go to a new place. God richly blessed Abraham because of his obedience. Consider Peter as he dropped his nets to follow Jesus. He left everything that was familiar to follow the great Teacher into the unknown.
Let the new wine flow this year into the new wine skin as God pours out His Spirit on our lives (Joel 2:28)
-Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 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.
keep it burning…