The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
Have you ever ventured off into a danger zone, all the while unaware that danger was lurking around the corner? Perhaps there was so much external and internal turmoil that you were shielded from being able to think logically. Even still, perhaps you saw the warning signs but felt a bit invincible so you blatantly ignored them.
Even though the Bible clearly warns us about the danger of harping on the past, many times we ignore those instructions and decide to venture off into the danger zone. Even though it may not have been our original intent, we tend to set up camp there. For some unknown reason, we feel that if we nurse, curse or rehearse the painful memories from the past it will somehow make the pain go away. Contrary to that, reliving the past does just the opposite. It confines us to a holding cell of torment in the brain. Hence, everything and everyone moves forward except for us.
Nevertheless, God wants so much more for us in reference to our experience here on this earth. It’s not that He is not interested in hearing about our painful past; He just does not want us to become a prisoner to that experience. If we release the painful memories into His capable hands, He has a supernatural way of reversing the negative effects of the deep-rooted wounds. If you surrender your past to Him you will not be disappointed…He is sure to give you beauty in return for your ashes.
Lord, I thank You that You desire for me to be set free and live an abundant life. I realize that I can’t start a new chapter in my life if I keep re-reading the last one. I vow to no longer allow my painful past to dictate my future.