A woman shared with me a painful story of her past, and then she said at the end, “I know the Lord saved me that day, but I don’t like to think about the past, I only want to move forward to the future”.
We all have painful stories in our past; from physical injuries, sickness, and even the death of a loved one, to emotional hurts that run deep with divorce, abuse, past dramatic stress or any number of other sorrows.
Talking about them may be painful as you relive that time in your life. However, we are the people we are today because of the experiences we have endured, both good and bad. Entire ministries have been born because of someone’s painful past.
The Bible is full of stories that happened a long time ago. Some of the stories are heartwarming and tender and other ones are terrible and horrific, and yet all of them are the inspired Word of God, meant for: teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Psalmist also remembers difficult times…
- The Lord reached down from on high and took hold of me:
- He drew me out of deep waters.
- He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.