The Bible tells us that the righteous keep moving forward. Moving forward is difficult and requires a lot of strength. Most people tend to get stuck in the past. As human beings, we go through many different experiences in life, some of which are very painful. Rejection, hurt, betrayal, abuse of all kinds, loss of different types, family crisis, break-ups and divorce, diseases and illnesses, natural disasters and so much more.
Life is full of change. Just when we think we have successfully gone through a certain thing, something else comes along. We tend to try and hold on to what we know because that is comfortable. We usually want to remain within our comfort zones, and the past tends to be a comfort zone for many. It is hard to let go of what has happened or has not happened in the past, of what we said or did, or what we did not say or did not do, of what people said and did, or what they did not say or did not do.
Letting go and moving forward involves embracing the lessons and gaining wisdom from all our experiences, and using those experiences to be better people and to propel us forward.
It is difficult to let go because it means embracing our fears and acknowledging the fact that we are not perfect and realizing that there is so much to learn in this life. Moving forward involves the willingness to admit that we were wrong or that we were hurt or that we made mistakes or that we opened up our lives to people we should never have opened our lives to or that we were deceived or that we were abused and wounded or that we may have hurt and offended other people, or that we did not exercise discernment.
Moving forward involves admitting our limitations, our failures, admitting that other people are not usually who they appear to be. We have to know the point where we are at so that we can know the next step to take. Moving forward involves exercising faith because we do not know what the future holds. But the good news is, we know Who holds the future. The righteous keep moving forward.
Fear is at the root of what causes people to get stuck in life.
Fear keeps people paralyzed, they try to hold on to what they know because they are afraid of taking the next step, they are afraid of venturing out into the unknown. That is why many people hold on to people who are not good for them, they hold on to jobs that they should have left a long time ago, they hold on to relationships that are poison to the soul, they hold on to their current life situation and circumstances because that is all they know and they want things to remain the same. ‘What if’ keeps many people paralyzed in fear.
God has delivered us from so much, including from the past, but some people tend to keep looking back. Somehow they lie to themselves that the past was better and they wish to go back there. The past is gone and there is nothing to go back to. There is a reason things are the way they are, there is a reason those relationships did not work out, there is a reason circumstances are the way they are at this particular point in your life. It is wise to learn the lessons but never allow the past to hold us back. The righteous keep moving forward.
When Sodom and Gomorrah were being destroyed, Lot, his wife, and his two daughters were told to escape and not look behind nor stay anywhere in the plain. They were told to escape to the mountains lest they be destroyed. It rained brimstone and fire in Sodom and Gomorrah.
But his wife looked behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26.
Lot’s wife disobeyed and decided to look back, and that became her downfall.
Why do we keep looking back? What do we think the past holds? The past is past, learn the lessons, but keep matching forward. The righteous keep moving forward.
We can either live by faith or fear, but let us be wise and choose to live by faith. When Jesus was walking on the sea, Peter asked Him to command him to go to Him on the water.
“So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, He walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” Matthew 14:29-31.
It is faith that enables us to move forward without knowing what the next step holds for us. We are to keep our eyes focused on the Lord at all times and not give way to doubt. The moment we start doubting then we start sinking, the moment we remove our eyes from the Lord then all the worries of this life start to overwhelm us.
Let us never forget that God is with us every step of the way, and He is the One who holds our present and our future. People do not hold our next minute nor our future, circumstances and things of this world do not define us. We are children of the Most High and in Him we trust. When we have God, then we are secure. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger. Job 17:9.
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