July Theme – The Danger of the Past

There are three segments in the life of every man: the past; the present and the future.

I have come to understand that the easiest one to consider is the past. This is because it has registered in our mind, and as such could be played over and over again. We may also be dreaming of how we could have had a different result. The present can be challenging and very demanding as the events unfolds unexpectedly and may not also work out as desired. The future can even be more worrisome, as what is happening today may pose a great threat to the hope of tomorrow.

Most of the time, even as Christians, we try to judge our today and tomorrow by the look of our yesterday, whereas God wants us to take our eyes off the past; believe in Him for our today and trust in Him for our tomorrow.

The people of Ai were able to defeat the Israelites in the first battle they fought. When the Israelites came against them the second time, the people of Ai considered it would be like the past, they were terribly wrong. The tactics and the field craft of the battle has changed, likewise was the result. Ai was turned into rubble without a soul! (Joshua 8:1-29).

Apostle Paul was used by God to do many miracles in his missionary journeys, having known the dangers of considering the past however declared, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3:13).

As Minister Adunmade rightly said, “yesterday is a stale cheque – it’s not useful; tomorrow is a promissory note – don’t lose your sleep on it; today is a raw cash – spend it well. God wants us to take our eyes away from the glories and attainments of the past, concentrate on the assignments of today and be expectant of a greater tomorrow.