The Past Is Past

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19  

What if you could not fail at what you set out to do today? What would you attempt for God today if you knew you could not fail? Consider these passages of Scripture today and what they all have in common. 1 Peter 1:3 teaches us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Or how about 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” And lastly, Revelation 21:4-5 reminds us, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."  

All these passages above remind us that the past can be forgiven, the present managed and the future is secure. One of the biggest reasons is the mercies of God are new every morning providing for us a chance to start afresh. Failure isn’t final nor is success though people who succeed often times rest on their past where people who fail become shackled by it. Because of God’s grace and mercy we do not need to hide from our past or waste time trying to tare it down or replace it when we can simply start new. The beauty of confession and repentance is with it comes release from the past, forgiveness and even the joy of knowing that though the past does come with consequences, God’s judgment isn’t one of them as our past doesn’t have to define us.

In Christ we aren’t who we once were, but we are becoming who we shall be one day as He who has begun a good work in you will complete it. We all have said in one way or another, “if I only knew then what I know now” which is to say if I could go back and change whatever it is that comes to our mind regarding our past, we would without hesitation go back and change it. Unfortunately the past is what it is. We can’t change it but we can grow and learn from it.

Is there something in your past you wish you could change today? Is there some sin you committed or memory of it that you just can’t seem to shake? Bring it to God and find forgiveness today, loved one, look to Jesus and trust Him who is capable of making all things new. Nothing is too difficult for our God. Remember, the Cross of Jesus is all about new beginnings, having our sins washed away and being made new. Jesus shed blood does it all for us. Our past really is forgiven in Christ, our present is manageable because God is with us and our future is secure all because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ who forever lives to make intercession for us. Don’t worry about what could go wrong, focus on how life will be if everything goes right!  

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13


Michael Osthimer




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