Remembering Your Past

By: Woody Godbey

How does the city sit solitary that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! This verse is from Lamentations 1:1. So many people think their lives are ruined because of past sins. But I'm here to tell you that God can restore what sin has ruined. Too many of Gods people look at the ruin and rubble left behind in their lives and think that God could never forgive them or use them.

Let me give you some background on the above verse. The scene in this verse is dark and depressing but what makes it even more so is remembering what led to these circumstances. The people of Israel were Gods chosen people, his treasured possession. God had promised His people provision, protection and safety if they would follow him and be obedient to Him and His commands. But He also promised judgment if they turned aside to follow the heathens ways.

You know the story, they turned their backs on God and followed the ways of the pagans. God showed His patience by giving them warning after warning, calling for them to repent and return to Him. The Israelites responded by falling deeper into sin. The end result was judgement, destruction and downfall, a picture of desolation beginning with the words of Lamentations 1:1.

But thank God the story doesn't end there, the writer of Lamentations continues to write. As he reflects on the destruction of Jerusalem and the sin of the people he also remembers the mercy and faithfulness of God. In Lamentations 3:22-24 we go from the darkness of despair to the light of God’s hope: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him."

There are times when we Christians remember our past and we feel as though we're looking over our shoulder and seeing all the rubble we've left behind us. Think about it, bad living, bad witness, bad examples, terrible mistakes, it’s like we have left a desolate city. I am a Christian, a child of God but I have sinned great sins and have often strayed from the way. But God is faithful with his people. He does not excuse or smooth over our sins, he nails them to the cross. He calls us to live in the forgiveness of sin, and to go and sin no more.

The love of the Lord never ceases. No matter what rubble and ruins lie behind you, the Lord’s mercies for you are new every morning. Get up out of the rubble, go and sin no more. From the rubble of your forgiven past God will build a great building of His glory. God Bless!