“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Often we would wish that our past has been different. I would think back to a particular time in my life when I made a certain decision and imagine how things could have been better if I have decided differently. Yes, it may be good to reflect on our past mistakes so that we may improve in the future, but the problem is that I might allow my past to be the excuse why I cannot be more today. I realized that I could not change my past. I can only be thankful that God had seen me through all of those circumstances and used them to make me the person I am today. Moreover, God has promised that my future would only get better and better if I am willing to trust Him completely and faithfully follow His ways that He has set out for me.
Indeed God is doing a new thing everyday! It is said that His mercies are new every day. He is the controller of circumstance. He can change things in ways that we could not anticipate. More importantly, He is faithful and cares for us deeply. He has made plans, good plans for our lives, to bless us, and to make us a blessing to the people around us. So, let go of our past and look at the present and future confidently, not because of our limited selves, but because God is able and much willing to give us abundant and meaningful life.
Heavenly Father, you are a faithful and loving God. Your mercies are new every morning. Thank you that my life is defined by You and not by my past and the mistakes I have made. Thank you that my future is bright because it lies in Your Hands. You know the plans and thoughts for my life, plans for peace and well-being and not disaster, to give me a hope and a future. And so, I put my trust in You alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What is that thing from the past that keeps you from moving forward? Now, place it at the feet of Jesus and leave it there. Decide that from hereon, you will no longer think about it and what could have been. Your future is bright, so fix your eyes on the author and finisher of your faith.