Lost In The Past

We, humans, often spend more time dwelling on the past than focusing on the day or planning for the future.

Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26. He destroyed the city behind them and instructed them to move on, leave the past behind. All too often we are frozen in our past.

In Philippians 3:13, Paul said, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Looking back to gain perspective, acknowledge wrongdoing to learn how to avoid it in the future is beneficial. Looking back to good memories is beautiful. Looking back to define who you once were is debilitating, and in some respects, you are no better off than Lot’s wife.

It is difficult to change how we perceive our life, no matter what our past offered, it is easier to stay in the muck and mire than forge into the unknown. The Egyptians cried out to the Lord, ”why did you bring us out to the desert to die?” Exodus 14:11. They were not focusing on the day and looking at how the day is preparing them for the promised land. The Israelites were only focusing on loss. Our hope is in today. Our faith equips us for the promised land, our tomorrow.

We should fight to release old characteristics that defined us, look to today and live the life the Lord provided for us. Honor God. Rely on Him. Define your life by who He says you are today, not who you were yesterday. Develop new habits, change your approach. Don’t give away your power to your past. Don’t live in the rearview mirror. Don’t look back for direction into the now and your future.

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Rotating Sphere, Depiction of the Chaos in Life

The rotating sphere is an example of our life. Things have symmetry, they function in syncopation, and they do not slow down. It is our responsibility to discipline ourselves to step away.

It is vitally important that we take time out of our day to communicate with the Lord in prayer. He provides our symmetry, syncopation, and flow.

The absence of prayer leads to chaos in our lives, we are not anchored by the Lord’s plan for our lives. The evil one works to speed up the rotation of our lives and the force pulls us from all that we know.

After Jesus dismissed the crowd, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23

The crowd can be compared to the chaos that is rotating around us today. While the crowd was there to hear him, they also took his energy. Long days, little rest or quiet weakens our relationship with the Lord. Jesus found it necessary to escape to regain balance. We must do the same to remain sane and maintain a healthy dialogue with our Lord.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solidarity place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

Jesus knew prayer anchored him to his Father. Throughout the Bible, there are instances where Jesus and his disciples began their day in quiet communion with God. He knew the importance of removing himself from his work to commune with his Father in whom he gained strength, guidance, and direction.

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father. Matthew 6:6

Practice breaking away from life in the rotating sphere of chaos. Prayer strengthens your relationship with the Lord and unlocks the truth in the Bible.

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