Day 35: Sunday, May 17th
Like most things in the bible, you can really elaborate on any topic within it. But today's devotional I had a really simple takeaway after reflecting and journaling on it and it's this:
"Don't give power to your past."
In short, it means to not allow your past to decide things for your present life, but to fixate on whatever NEW God has for you. It's not a worldly expectation, but it's Truth and a Promise that God gives us. And in our now, we can look at our past and trust God gave us that story and journey to use for His Kingdom. Nothing is waste to God because He can use it all for good!
In Isaiah 43, lines 18-19 it says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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." It's so clear in this scripture that God's promise is to create new and good things through us. What good does constantly looking back into our past and making decisions from there do? Our decisions need to be from the NOW.
As Christ-followers, we should surrender by having little expectations but much faith for the future.
Let's depend on God for leading us and trust His ways!
"Show me your ways, Lord. Teach me your paths." Psalm 25:4
Are you giving power to your past?
Do you over plan your life and leave little room for God’s work in your life?
Are you depending and trusting in God’s plans?
Do you carry guilt or regret of your past? What does God say about that?
How does God think of me?
Lord, thank you for your salvation so that we could live through your grace and love. Thank you for this devotional and its words for bringing your message loud and clear to us today. I pray to live each day in the present and leave the past where it belongs. God - allow me to use my story for your Glory yet continue to leave the past in the past without any guilt. Allow me to depend on you for the future and that I’d make no assumptions for Your plans. Lead me, Jesus, I trust You! Thank you and I love you. Amen!