STEPPING OUT OF OUR PAST // JANUARY 25, 2022
So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him ... He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram immediately obeyed the call and went, just as God told him to do. But in actuality, Abram only halfway obeyed God: God told him to leave his father's household and people, but instead, Abram brought his nephew, Lot, and Lot's family. That disobedience caused Abram some trouble; Lot never embraced God's promise, and they eventually had to part ways. But when Lot and his family were captured, Abram was forced to travel some distance to rescue his nephew and had to ask God to save Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot was a great inconvenience to Abram's commitment to follow God's call.
When we bring our old life into our new life, we run into similar problems and wind up carrying dead weight that we eventually acknowledge we might not want to carry. We want to put the past behind us -- once and for all -- and move forward with confidence. The past can hold treasured memories, for sure, but there are times when thinking about the past isn’t always positive or helpful. How many of our present problems are connected to our past? Stepping out of the past can be a process, but it behind and pressing on toward our future is obtainable.
Today, ask yourself if there are parts of your past you need to leave behind. Think about (meditate on) God's promise, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland" [Isaiah 43:18-19]. Is God calling you to new things free from the bondage of your past?