By Bishop D. G. Hargrove
Text: Deuteronomy 8:10-14; Psalm 78:7-9; and Psalm 103:1-5
Deuteronomy 8:10-14 is a reminder to the people of God as they were rising up out of the supernatural. They were about to cross the Red Sea and have a cloud to guide them by day and a pillow of fire by night. They would have water from a rock and manna from heaven. Their clothes and shoes would not wear out. This text says they needed to remember the Lord God who brought them out of Egypt during the times when they would have great blessings and become prosperous.
Psalm 17 and Psalm103 are a reminder to remember the Lord. All three of texts mentioned have a common thread: Reflection.
Sometimes just one thing can make a big difference. A question that can make a big difference in our lives is: “What can I give?” This question will change the way we live our lives.
There will be times when things are good and bad. And what makes the difference is the way we reflect upon our past. The best way to manage the past is to:
- Open our eyes and see the goodness of God.
- Be thankful for what God has done.
Given all that the Children of Israel had been blessed with, they remembered Egypt. Where we come from isn’t nearly as good as we think sometimes.
Some people manage their past by carrying it everywhere they go. They carry emotional pain, frustration, betrayal, hurt, lies, etc. In fact, some people cannot get involved in a good relationship because they carry past relationships with them. If you don’t put it down, you will never see God the way He really is. Put it down so that you can love God . . . then love others.
Other people, instead of carrying their past, bury it. They act like it didn’t happen. You have to get it, take it to God, and leave it there.
The best way to manage the past is to get on top of it by remembering what God has done for you and what He has brought you through. Make a testimony out of it. When you reflect, look back and see the Hand of God. You know what He has done and what He is going to do. What God has done is evidence of what He will do.
God wants His People to be free. He wants us to lay our burdens at the cross. Don’t carry it. Don’t bury it. Give it to Jesus.
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