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Forgetting the Past
Forgetting the Past
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Winston Churchill has been credited with saying, 'Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” but it was actually, George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” Of course many variations of that quote have been used and continue to be used today.
This week in my quiet time, this thought came to mind, “It’s impossible to move forward in the plans and purpose of God while holding on to the past. Letting go of the past is the only way to move ahead in God.”
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13 (KJV)
Learning from the past, through experience is a wonderful thing, but to dwell on the past, either victories or failures can hinder growth that is so vital.
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” Psalm 143:5 (KJV)
The children of Israel were delivered from Egypt, but while in the desert, continued murmuring and complaining against God and his servant, Moses. They forgot the wrong things, while focusing only on their current state. They didn’t remember that God had provided for them, delivered them, and had promised to bring them into the Promised Land. They grieved the Lord so much that he led them for forty years in the wilderness until those who did so, died off. They repeated the process of going around the mountain for years and refused to praise God. But, He was faithful and provided for them. But then, God raised up Joshua who was instructed by Moses who actually led them into the Promised Land.
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
We are watching world events that mimic history. Our very nation is repeating the same acts that caused the fall of other great kingdoms. We didn’t learn from the past, but are in fact, running headlong in the very paths taken by fallen others.
Recently, Vladimir Putin made a statement reminiscent to that of Adolph Hitler’s; Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the breakup of Russia was the worst thing that happened to his country, while Adolf Hitler stated that the end of World War I weighed unfairly on Germany and was the worst thing that happened to his country.
The two leaders hold additional similarities: Putin says that he will only support ethnic Russians who don’t want to be part of the Ukraine, while Hitler said he would only free ethnic Germans. Putin disdains homosexuals, whereas Hitler hated the Jews. Putin doesn’t care about what the world leaders thinks because he considers them weak, and Hitler didn’t fear world leaders because he knew they were weak. The past seems to be being repeated.
While we, as Christians know how it will all end, we are also watching the unfolding of events that will end in the final culmination of the world, as we know it. In the meantime, God continues to bring us through situations and circumstances that cause us to let go of the past, while looking forward to what He has ahead for us.

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