Remembering Your Past

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Recently, I’ve been reading through the book of Job and one thing that has really stood out to me is how in Chapter 29 Job spoke about how he was looked upon by God and people. He was a noble man and highly favored amongst everyone. He was reminiscing on all that he has lost and was comparing his past to his present. The devotional went on to talk about how the past can be something that we end up idolizing because of how our present circumstances look. I then realized I’m just like Job.

I’m the type of person that always reminisces about my past. This past year, I found myself doing a lot of that. Personally, 2017 was a difficult year for me as I could imagine for many others as well. I was faced with many changes as well as events from my past that I had to find healing from. I was constantly unhappy and wishing that life would go back to how it once was but the more my thoughts became consumed with my past the further I was getting from the healing that I needed. I was stuck in this mindset of idolizing my past.

But while reading this chapter, I realized how although Job’s life was “falling apart” to him and those around him, it didn’t mean that God wasn’t with him. I understood what Job was feeling but as the reader, I was able to not just see what Job was faced with but how God was working and fighting on his behalf. I was able to catch a glimpse of how much God was rooting for Job even when Job couldn’t see it. God knew that Job could handle what he was faced with. So why isn’t that the way we look at our situations? In the middle of the storms, we want to run from whatever it is we are faced with and wishing if only this never happened to me.

The reality is that my life needed to become a mess so that God can intervene and make me whole again. I needed to let go of my past and trust God in the now for a better future. Looking back, I’m able to see how God was with me the entire time. God wasn’t allowing me to go through this difficult season just for His amusement. Suffering makes us aware of who God is in our lives. Despite all that I came across, my relationship with God was established. I was challenged to trust God and seek Him more than ever before; to cling to Him and have Him as my source of comfort. I learned to not forget about my past but to look to my present as an opportunity to grow closer to Him and learn more about who I am.

I don’t want to idolize my past or allow it to have a hold over me. I want to challenge you to do the same. Look at your present circumstances as an opportunity to lean on God. Through the suffering that we face, we are reminded that God is in control. Start 2018 knowing that God is on your side and that He will work through whatever circumstances you may be faced with.

“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.” Isaiah 43:19


Author: Jasmine O.



Lulu commented on 28-Dec-2017 12:16 PM
Amazing blog!
Arlene commented on 03-Jan-2018 01:44 PM
So good! Jasmine thank you <3

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