<<the past>>

God controls history, what He plans will come to pass (Isa 46:10,11).  The book of Revelation tells of the culmination of human history in this present world.

The main focal point for the Israelites and much of the Bible history was the land of Canaan.  The Israelites were told on several occasions to remember how the Lord had led them in the past and was bringing them into the Promised Land (Deut 8:2). Like the psalmist we can receive comfort in the hard times by remembering God’s help in the past (Ps 77:11,12, 78:3,4).

Throughout the Western world, time is dated from when Christ was born [BC or AD] in Bethlehem and the commencement of Christianity occurred in the same area and era.

Our future ‘in Christ’ is in total contrast to our history before we became Christians. What is the history of my walk with God? Do others recognise that I am more Christ-like today than I was a month ago? Everyday we are given the opportunity to develop a memorable and eternity enriching history with God.

Paul’s prayer for the believers was that they would understand what Christ had done for them and the future to which He had called them to (Eph 1:17,18).

We should learn from others, the lessons they have experienced both beneficial and detrimental, besides allowing close friends to speak into our lives to correct and encourage, so we don’t needlessly repeat the mistakes of the past (Job 8:8-12; 1 Cor 10:1-12). Our negative experiences have a profound

Do I learn from the past?

impact on where we are today and will be tomorrow, unless they are intentionally and correctly addressed. Whatever happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are walking with Him (Rom 8:28).

See also: AD, BC, experiences, inner healing, memory, past, remember.