The Pain in a Promise of the Past

Pain hurts, yet, if I could, I wouldn’t wish it away. It is the birth of healing, and watching broken things become whole, old things become new is such a beautiful process. It’s what the gospel is all about, but not all pain is necessary. Sometimes, we inflect on ourselves unnecessary pain by cutting open old wounds that God has already healed or holding on to past promises that have already been broken and it’s time we leave that pain in the past and leave those promises behind. It’s time to let go and let God as we let Him turn that pain into a new promise of hope because it’s not fair to you or me to keep holding on to a past that has already let go of us or promises that no longer hold to be true.

We all have a time in our life that we wish we could go back and relive. Memories we hold dearly in our hearts because now that time has past and the moments are long gone they feel like a dream that never came true. Memories full of feelings once felt, people once cherished, and promises once made. I know I do, and the scar of those memories can be found in my heart because at some point I had to let them go and let God heal the wounds that were made from the broken dreams that once were my reality, and it’s okay to miss the past. It’s okay to cherish the good times, but it’s not okay to let the past rob us from our future or even our present. Continuing to live in the past will keep us from healing and moving on to a future full of hope and peace. Holding on to old, man-made promises that have already been broken will keep us feeling broken and from the promises that God has made us. While others will constantly fail us, God is faithful and His promises for our lives will always stand against the pain filled broken promises of the past.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?…”

Isaiah 43:18-19

It wasn’t until recently that I understood that the past is really in the past, and it’s okay for me to move forward. It’s okay for me to let it go and make room in my heart for the future God has in store. It’s okay to miss it, but it’s not okay to let it make me miserable. The past only has as much hold on us as we allow it to, and most of the time that hold is actually us holding on to it. What I’ve been trying to say but can’t seem to find the words to fully and truly express is that we don’t owe our past anything, it’s the past, but we do owe our future and more importantly our present the effort in finding the strength to let the past go. Yes, it will hurt. It’s painful to let go of something that has been a part of you for so long, but holding on to the lie that a past that has let go of you is a part of your future is even more painful. The pain in a promise of the past has nothing to the power in the promises of the future we have with God and while I don’t wish for our pain to go away I do hope and pray that we each find the strength to blow it away from our hearts and into the hands of our Father when the time comes with the healing breathe of Christ that is in us. Let go– of the past, let God– take you to the present, and be free– to live your future.

God wants to do a new thing in your life. Will you let Him?


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Here’s a song that I find goes along with this post “To My Knees” By Hillsong. Give it a listen and surrender it all at His feet.

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