And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3 (ESV)
Just as the Israelites did, continuing to live in the past can hold us back. What the Israelites had in the past kept them in fear and they never made it to the promise land. They forgot how God provided for them: escape from slavery in Egypt, a path, food, water and directions.
We all have a past. If I could, I would go back and change some things. Many things. I would also love the opportunity to apologize to a few people, but unfortunately I can not.
Glance back at your past ONLY to appreciate how the LORD provided for you and got you through. Stay there only long enough to thank Him for His provisions.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for guiding me and showing me how my past has shaped me. Please forgive me for wasting so much time on things from my past that I’m unable to change. Please forgive me for not being grateful for how You protected me during that time and how You provided for me. Holy Spirit, please help me to forget the painful and sinful moments of my past, and please remind me not to linger when my mind wanders to my past. Thank You, for releasing me from bondage and for a new start each day! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.