God Doesn’t Erase Our Past
Many aren’t proud of their past. Mistakes were made, words were said, and hurts took place. As we look back and think upon our most embarrassing and disappointing memories, by default, we typically want them erased.
Can we just forget about the past and erase all the bad?
The simple, weighty answer is no we cannot. We can’t just erase it. God doesn’t erase our past; he forgives it and redeems it. I hope you can discern the vast difference between God forgiving and erasing the past. There’s a lot we can unpack here.
When we come to Christ and place faith in him, God does not erase the past. He erases the offenses of our past by placing our mistakes, guilt, and dirt upon Jesus Christ. However, the events aren’t erased or forgotten.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
This is not to say our acts are erased, but the transgression against God is removed from us and placed upon Jesus. People may not like the sound of that very much because it’s hard to deal with some of the things we’ve been through.
Here’s the most convicting thing about this — we want our past erased, but it’s our opportunity to glorify God.
In other words, God wants to take the bad and use it for good. He wants to give the seemingly meaningless disappointments from the past and provide each disappointment a purpose. This is what I love about God in his sovereignty — nothing is meaningless.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose‘” (Isaiah 46:9–10).
Our past involves sin, sorrow, and struggles. God invites us to lay our burdens at his feet and let him work through our past experiences to accomplish his purposes. Instead of erasing what happened, give it to God so he can use it for his glory.
This can be incredibly challenging. The easy route is ignoring the past, moving on. What if God has a purpose in mind for your past events? What if the difficulties have a significant role to play in God’s grand design? What if someone in your local church is going through the same thing and needs to hear your story?
God has not forgotten the past, and he doesn’t want to erase it. He wants to redeem it, give it purpose, and use it for his glory.
Does this strike a chord with any of you? Has your story been put on the back burner? Has God used your story?
Let me say this — your story is incredibly valuable. Nothing is meaningless. Everything has purpose, especially the difficulties. Your past shouldn’t be erased; it needs to be put on display because it’s your opportunity to glorify God.