Make your past work

Make your past work

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:55 am

The Messenger, September 9, 2010
There is an old story about a man who was talking with his friend.
He said to him, “Say, you look depressed. What are you thinking about?”
“My future,” was the quick answer.
“What makes it look so hopeless?” the man asked. 
“My past!” his friend concluded.
Do you sometimes let your past work against you? People all over allow themselves to be loaded down with remorse or guilt over things that have happened in time. This can even make us doubt the goodness of God.  We can become so overwhelmed with our troubles that we forget God’s promises for the future!
Near the end of his life, Joshua took time with the Israelites to review all that God had done for them. Remember that God had given them an impossible task. He told them to conquer a foreign land and to fight against people who were stronger numerically than themselves. Yet God allowed them to succeed. Joshua says these last words to them, “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14) 
Let me encourage you to do two things when your struggles are keeping you from trusting in God fully. 
First, hold on to the promises that God gives to us in His Word. They have always come true and will always come true. Inventory your blessings from time to time to see God’s pattern of goodness in your life. 
Secondly, utilize your past to remind you of God’s faithfulness. Has God really ever let you down in the past? 
Don’t confuse His silence and hardship with His failing you. 
Make your past work for you, not against you!
Rev. Mike Osment
Chaplain, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City

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