In the movie Red Dragon, Hannibal Lecter said, “Scars have the power to remind us that the past was real.” This is one of my favorite movie quotes because there’s so much truth in it. Now I realize that sometimes God makes us look back to our past hurts, triumphs, and joy for the sake of the future.
The Old Testament is brimming with examples of remembering the past. One of it is the journey to the Promise Land. The Israelites got frustrated by their wandering in the wilderness and forgotten the “wonders” God has made to deliver them from slavery. Forgetting what God has done for them made slavery in Egypt look better than freedom from it (Nehemiah 9:16-17). Another example is David, but instead of being angry his heart was filled with thanksgiving as he look back at the grace of God in his life, “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy” (Psalm 6:7). The reason why God wants us to look back is for us to have confidence in His greatness and His promises.
Indeed, the Old Testament is filled with reminders of God’s love and saving grace. But the greatest grace down in history still remains in the New Testament – when it came IN PERSON through Jesus Christ. Because God loves us He sent His son to die for our sins [past] (Isaiah 53:5). And His coming is the fulfillment of all the promises God in the Old Testament (Romans 15:8).
What does this mean for you? “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him [Jesus Christ]” (2 Corinthians 1: 20). This means the coming and death of Jesus Christ is the sweet resounding “Yes” to all of God’s promises. It’s about time to set your doubts aside and claim God’s YES in your life. Do I deserve a second chance in life? YES. Would I prosper? YES. Is this blessing for me? YES. YES. YES!
Now I challenge you to remember the cross and claim God’s promises in your life.
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Note: This reflection is based on John Piper’s Future Grace. I highly recommend it!