The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, October 5, 2022, comes to us from Amobichukwu Samuel Duruaku of Rivers State Nigeria.
16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17 who brings out chariot and horse, army, and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. 19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The wild animals will honor me, the jackals, and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.
Isaiah 43:16-21 NRSV
FORGET YOUR PAST MISTAKES
A few years after completing my civil engineering degree, I prayed and fasted in the hope that God would provide me with a job with a multinational company. God answered me, and I was offered a wonderful opportunity; but it was not exactly what I had hoped for. Naively, I rejected the position. As years passed, I began to look back in regret. I realized I had missed a great opportunity in the job I rejected. I began to see myself as a failure because I struggled to secure another job and support my family.
But when I came across this scripture, it spoke to me. I decided to forget my past mistakes and move ahead. I have learned my lessons, so I should move on. I chose to believe God’s promise, and this brought a new energy to my life. When we live in the past, we may miss out on greater things. We can learn from our past mistakes, but we should not dwell on them. Similarly, it is good to be happy about our past achievements, but we should not dwell on them either. God is always making things new, and when we place our trust in Christ, we can hold on to the hope of the beautiful things that are still to come.
You may make mistakes, but you are not a mistake! Yes, we sometimes fall into a cycle of making the same poor decisions and find ourselves enduring hardship. Yet, we are not failures, nor are we hopeless. God looks at us for who we can become and chooses to invest in us, leading us to become all God envisions us to be. Shifting habits, behaviors, relationships, and tendencies is not easy. Although we know that where we are is not where we are supposed to be, we remain because it is comfortable and familiar. The Prophet Isaiah offers a word that challenge us to abandon the familiar for the unknown, following God guidance to the new possibilities for our lives. It will not be easy, and there will be some pain along the way, but we can be assured that God is helping us become the best version of ourselves.
Dear God, give us wisdom not to dwell on our past mistakes. Heal our wounds and do a new thing in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen
-- Amobichukwu Samuel Duruaku
Those dwelling on past mistakes.
Thought for the day:
God is always doing a new think in my life.