We have all hurt someone close to us, someone that trusted us in the past
We all have hurt God in the past by our actions and weíll still do as long as we are in the flesh
We all come face to face with our past in someway or the other in our daily lives
And when we do remember our past, at times we feel shame, or we are embarrassed, scared, and at times angry
But we shouldnít let our past hold us hostage in the present
We can either choose to live in our past or leave it behind by using it as stepping stone to a better future
There are those who do not want us get out of our past, but would always remind us of our past, these are killers of our future, distortions, distractions in our present
Those who would always remind us of our past weaknesses donít know how to deal with the change in us so they prefer to bring us back to a past that they do understand
People with a past who had an encounter with God
Jacob: Gen 27, 32. A cheat, a supplanter with a questionable past whom God gave a new name
David: 2 Samuel 11, Psalm 103. An adulterer and a murderer who knew the meaning of mercy and forgiveness
Jabez: 1 Chron 4:9-10. Dissatisfied with his lot in life, a man with a name that programmed him for a life of sorrow. Cried to God and his lot was changed for the better forever.
Peter: Luke 22:54-62, John 21:15-17. Denied his Lord three times and was forgiven and commissioned to serve
Mary Magdalene: Luke 8:2, Mark 15:40-41; Mark 16:9. Demonized but delivered to serve and was the first to meet with the risen Lord
Lazarus: John 11. Dead, but raised from the dead by the Lord Jesus. Itís never too late for a life-changing miracle!
The Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11. A degenerate who was reduced to the level of pigs. Who wasted his inheritance and his life but was received back by his father with open arms.
Paul: Acts 8, 9, Gal 1:13. A persecutor, who did the church much injury, but was transformed by Christ to reach out to the world with the gospel
We shouldnít let our past be our future. These didnít. Our past should rather make us understand and come to terms with our weaknesses and that we are recipients of Godís mercy and love, daily. Whoever, whatever their past can have a new beginning with God. Itís never too late to start again. Never too late.
Excellent article - very thoughtful. It made me think though that a success in the past can also be an obstacle. In Habbakuk(?) was it not thinking about the glorious temple they used to have, that put them off building s new one. Sometimes people are hindered by thinking things can never be as good as they used to be.