Psalm 78:42 NJKV – Turn your eyes upon Jesus

They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy

We all come from diverse situations and backgrounds and in some cases our past lives are as different as day and night. Childhood memories can be warm and loving for one, but not so much for another. And growing up in the city may not compare to growing up in a rural community.

As Christians, we face the same trials and struggles as anyone living today. We have joy and heartache; peace and fear; abundance and lack.   And sometimes our past can makes itself out to look pretty good when we face circumstances that are hard. When we thought we had no worries and could conquer the world, we lived a superficial care free life. And maybe we said, “I’m on top of the world.” And then there are those times in the past where maybe life wasn’t so good. When we made big mistakes or lived recklessly and had to pay a great price. And then maybe we said, “The past; it always comes back to haunt me.”

We can let our past come back to haunt us. God has given each of us a mind that can make choices. The Children of Israel made a choice as they wandered in the desert hungry and thirsty. They thought that their captivity in Egypt may not have been so bad. As least, they thought, it was better than what they were facing. They had a flawed viewpoint. They took their eyes off of Almighty God, who rescued them from their long years of bondage.

And then, on the other hand, we can bring back into our minds the heartache that our past may have brought and allow us to be discouraged, defeated, chained, and back into a bondage of self-doubt and lack of worth. Again, it’s a flawed viewpoint. Again, we allow our eyes to be torn away from the One, the Holy God, the Almighty Savior who took us out of the miry clay.

“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit. Out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” Psalm 40:2 NKJV

My friend, Almighty God loves you so much; more than you can comprehend. God chose to send His Son, Jesus, to seek and save the lost. Jesus, the Rock of our Salvation. We can set our eyes on Jesus and know that no matter what we face, no matter what happened in the past, He remains. He loves us with an everlasting love and we never have to look back. We can look ahead to the Glory that He promises. We can rebuke the mistakes and heartache of the past that we might be tempted to recall and we can set our eyes on one thing. Jesus. The way, the truth, and the life.

Blessed Lord. Thank You for being the one thing that we can set our eyes upon and be saved, blessed, restored, renewed, delivered, and healed. Thank You God that You chose to send us Your Son, Jesus, to rescue us from our past and deliver us from the bondage of sin and heartache. Glory to Your Name. Help us Holy Spirit to set our eyes on Jesus and not be turned away in the midst of our struggles. For Jesus is our Rock. In Your Holy Name, Jesus, we pray. AMEN and AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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