Remember how things used to be?
The sudden pang in my stomach sometimes surprises me as I look back on different seasons on my life and realise how much I miss certain people and the moments and memories we created. Sometimes this pang is the emotion of grief over lost opportunity or regret for the choices I’d made.
Although many things have changed over the years since David lived, people will always battle in one way or another with the same feelings of grief or regret he did:
‘My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be’ – Psalm 42:4a (NLT)
Although he had previously enjoyed a season of peace and abundance, David was now facing an overwhelming situation. He felt completely isolated and his circumstances told him God had abandoned him even to the point that people began to question whether he would even make it through in one piece:
‘Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” – Psalm 42:3 (NLT)
The truth is each new season will bring it’s own new battle to face. Last years victory in no way guarantees today’s will automatically end the same way, and as Joyce Meyer says, each “new level brings a new devil”.
It’s impossible to fight today’s new battles with yesterday’s weapons. If we put too much emphasis on how things ‘used to be’, we will never overcome today’s battles and move forward into all that God has for us. Sometimes the good times of last season can be the very weight that prevents us from embracing tomorrow.
David realised this, and made a simple and powerful decision that would springboard him into His destiny:
‘Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God’ – Psalm 42:5 (NIV)
With a tight grip on the crowbar, David forced his mind off the past and put his hope in the only One who had the power to change anything.
In the same way, there are times we need to force our minds off how things used to be, and set our hope back on God who not only has the power to change things around and ahead of us, but more importantly the things that are within.