“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.” – 1 Peter 4:1-6 (NIV)
Aimee, our eldest, has just completed her 1st semester exams in high school. We praise God for how He has been looking after our kids – not just in their studies – but faithfully watching over them from day-to-day. I can’t imagine being a parent without God on our side.
I remember when Aimee was transitioning from grade school to middle school. We wanted to put her in a special science school for gifted students. However, God had a different plan for Aimee. She ended up in a different school, but looking back now and what God had accomplished in her life thus far, we could not have planned it any other way. God knows what’s best for her.
I recall that as we drove back home after visiting that school where we wanted to place her years ago, our daughter asked us, “Why are you so interested about my future?” (Boy, does she ask the right and difficult questions!) Without looking at my wife, I knew she was pleading for me to reply. I paused briefly and gathered wits from heaven and responded, “Aimee, because we can’t plan the past, could we?” That kept our daughter from asking further, and she quipped, “That makes sense.”
For many of us, there is so much in our past that brings so much pain – even horrific memories that we hope to forget. They can be past failures, regrets, wrongful choices or indiscretions made that brought hurt and suffering for us and others. We may want to undo them but we can’t. Many times, the past is hard to forget or even leave behind.
It is good to know that God, through Jesus Christ, suffered and died to deal with the eternal consequence of our past so that we can have the ability to move on through the Holy Spirit when we receive Him as Lord and Savior. We may still face the ugly consequences of past sins but when we open the door of our hearts and lives to Christ, the past, no matter how messy it is, can become a powerful testimony for an even more promising future.
God has dealt with your past so that you can deal with the present and live rightly for the future.