There are times when we look back at past mistakes in our lives. We condemn ourselves for not recognizing what we were doing at the time when we were overcome in certain sins to which we were totally blinded for some reason. Such is the nature of sin which causes “blindness of heart” (Ephesians 4: 18). Sometimes we look back onto situations in our lives that we had no control over, and allow these issues to harden our hearts. We just can’t control the pain any longer so we give in. We establish a self-destructing pattern in our own lives when we constantly look back.
One fact that many people fail to realize is that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to the earth to die for our sins so that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10: 13). Although Jesus performed many miracles, He was ridiculed. On the night before He was to be taken, He prayed to God saying: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22: 42). When Jesus came to earth, He was a fleshy man. He could have changed His mind at any time and gone back to Heaven especially since so many of those He came to save had instead rebuked Him. But if He did so, mankind would forever be doomed to an eternity in hell. Just how intense was His prayer to God: “And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat was as it were drops of blood”.
Following His prayer to the Father, Jesus was arrested. He was then mocked, spat upon, had a crown of thorns crushed into His skull and was beaten so badly (Isaiah 52: 14). After the torture, He was forced to carry His cross from the Judgement Hall to Calvary. Once He reached this destination He was thrown to the ground and held as spikes were driven into His wrists and legs onto the cross. As He suffered in torment He could have easily ”looked back” at those who were persecuting Him and sought revenge on them. But His response was: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23: 34).
All Jesus had to do was to look back at the torment He suffered; but thank God he looked forward instead. He realized that nothing escapes the sight of God. By looking forward, He fulfilled the perfect will of God. Each time we ”look back”, we deny God’s perfect will in our life by allowing pain and torment to keep us a prisoner to the disappointments in life. Its true that some of us have suffered enough in this life, but it will be devastating to spend an eternity in Hell after our death by not accepting God’s plan for redemption. If you have never made a commitment to Him, this day could be the starting point of eternal joy which begins at the moment of accepting Jesus into your heart. Just repeat the following prayer with your heart:
Dear Jesus, I realize that I am a sinner and could never save myself. I believe You died for me and shed your precious blood for my sins and that you arose from the dead. I receive you as my Saviour. Lord be merciful to me, a sinner and save me according to the promise of Your Word. Amen.
Let this day be a new beginning for you!!!