(13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind me, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 KJV)
Something happened to me a couple months ago. I won’t go in to details, but it was something very horrible. If I’m honest with myself it was something that I could have avoided if I would have just paid attention to the warnings God had given me before this incident took place.
As bad as this thing was. I have come to realize that it’s in my past, even though it has only been a couple months its still apart of my past. Meaning that I can’t change one single thing about what happened back then. The Apostle Paul says this but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Now why would Paul say that he forgets those things which are behind him? It’s simple Paul knew that if we continue to hold on to those things of yesterday then it can taint our tomorrow. Especially if we’ve had negative experiences in the past. Sometimes we tend to think that our past will dictate our future. Paul says that we are to forget those things which are behind us, but not only to forget but to press toward the mark of the prize. To press means to move by weight or force in a certain direction or into a certain position. I found this interesting because it shows me that it takes work to press! Not only does it take work but when we press it’s to move our life in a certain direction. Think about it when walk we walk forward and not backwards. So if we walk forward and not backwards why is it that our minds seems to live in yesterday. We remember the people who hurt us, those who lied to us, we remember the rejection and we hold on to the pain as though it’s still in our present. The scripture says.
(18) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. (19) Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
God knows that some things that happened in our lives was not fair. He also knows what our future holds as well. The verse in Isaiah says behold I will do a new thing, but we’re not to consider the things of the old. Sometimes we can become so accustomed to something happening one way that we don’t see God making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. I’m going to give you a biblical example. Remember when Jesus fed the multitudes with the five barley loaves and two small fishes? Well not long after that some came up to Jesus asking for a sign saying that our fathers are manna in the desert. (John 6 ) you see what they were doing was remembering something from the past. They were asking Jesus for a sign, but failed to notice that he had already given them one when he fed the multitudes. That’s another reason why we’re to forget those things which are behind, because even if we expect God to move we expect him to move as he did before.
A few weeks ago I had this dream. I was sitting at this table with my past and with my future. I represented my present. Both my past and my future were discussing me. My future wanted to promote me. My past said that I wasn’t worthy because I made to many mistakes. My future said that it didn’t matter he will use those mistakes. My past was like you don’t know her like I know her she did this, this that and this but my future was like no you don’t know her like I know her. She’s going to do this, this that and this. All the while my present was listening to the argument between the past and the future. Conflicted in my present state wanting to believe in my future but bound by my past.
The reason why I brought this up, because I want for you to realize that you are not bound by your past. Your past will tell you all of the reasons why you can’t be who God called you to be, but your future says to press on. Your past don’t know your future, but your future knows all about your past and it still says come!