(Isaiah 46:9 NASB) Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,
we try to relive our past life it is usually because we are not happy with our present
life. Trying to live in the past is neither profitable nor fulfilling because
our present life will not allow it.
am not suggesting that we should forget our past because the past should be a
standard (regardless of its testing), from which our life values are learned.
The tests we experience in our past should build the strength we need to
overcome any difficulties of the future. On the other hand the blessings of the
past are the building blocks of our faith that are needed to live a happy life
in our future.
point is we should neither forget our past, nor try to relive it, but learn
from it and move on. Whining or feeling sorry for ourselves (in spite of a
difficult past) is a pathetic option and should be rejected.
have noticed in the last few months how some of the pioneers of the past generation
are being overlooked by the younger generation. Some were even ignored, even
though they are still a reservoir of wisdom. Just because they are tired and worn
out on the outside does not mean they are not rich on the inside.
other day I was going through a box in my storage closet and I came across an
old Timex watch I used to wear while working on my ranch. I was surprised that
I still had the old watch because I sold the ranch about thirty years ago.
band had rotted off and the watch was completely tarnished and the face was all
scratched. The watch was so corroded that I figured if I tried to wind it the
stem would fall off. However, I did wind the old watch without any problem and
it still ran perfectly even though I had not worn it in thirty years. I thought
to myself...it is not the way things look on the outside that counts…it is how
they work on the inside.
that is the way it is with people also. Just because one is old and worn out on
the outside does not mean they are not still valuable on the inside.
When our text said that we should
“Remember the former things long past...” it was actually talking about the
historical things done by God. However, I believe this scripture shows us a
principle that would also apply to our past as well and how we should remember
it and be thankful for it.
You for showing me the value of my old watch…that of keeping time. My old Timex
may not have the same beauty and value as a Rolex, but both do the same thing.
The pioneers of the past may appear old and tarnished like the Timex and the
younger more fiery generation may look like the expensive Rolex, but in Your
eyes they have the same purpose and value.