Have you tried to forget what lies behind? Are you determined to forget what lies behind?
Did you know that in order to be successful the Scripture invites us to forget what lies behind? In Philippians 3:13 Paul says: “This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind I press forward to what lies ahead”.
I never fully understood what it means to forget the past but I do now. I also know many people who don’t fully understand it either. They wonder, “How can I forget something that has happened to me?”
Sometimes we hear someone say: “If you only knew about my past you would know that is impossible to forget.” Or we may hear: “How can I forget what he or she did to me?” Within these comments and questions you can see that they don’t really want to forget. That is why it’s so important that you ask yourself: “Am I determined to forget what lies behind?”
One of the many definitions of the word forget is to disregard intentionally, or to overlook. I have to intentionally disregard my past so that it doesn’t keep me from moving forward. I must look over my past and see what is ahead. My past will always be there but that does not mean that my past will keep me there. When I look back I should fix my eyes on something bigger and better than my past.
Complaining and Comparing
When Moses delivered the people of Israel from Egypt they were very happy but as they started their journey to the promised land they kept looking back. Complaining and comparing what they used to have with their existing conditions. God took them out of Egypt but Egypt was still in their hearts. That’s why they had to spend 40 years getting to the promised land. They needed to rid themselves of Egypt, their past.
The word “past” means the good and the bad experiences we have had prior to where we are now. Notice that we are referring to the good and bad. Sometimes our past victories keep us from rising higher as much as past failures, especially in times like this. It is easy to go back and think of all the "victories" we used to have when the economy of this country was stable—“I had a car, a job and a nice house”. We are all going through difficult times but if we don’t let go of the old, we will never be able to embrace the new.
It doesn’t matter what has happened in your history, it is time to forget what lies behind. Make the choice today to press forward. Trust that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Trust that God has a better future in store for you.