Suppose you could turn back time. Popular literature and cinema are flush with stories of time travel. The motives of the travelers themselves run from curiosity to greed, but all seem convinced that if they could travel to the past they might somehow change their present. It is an interesting notion..if we could through perfect hindsight change the mistakes of our past then we could alleviate the suffering caused by them in our future lives and the lives of others. If we could live free of the guilt and condemnation of the past, how wonderful that would be!
While time travel remains in the realm of science fiction, it is possible for us to live in a way that eliminates the power of past mistakes to control our lives. When we understand the nature of God and his relationship to time, we can fully comprehend the power He gives us to live free of the torment of past mistakes, hurts, and sins.
TIME MARCHES ON
Time is a creation of God, and He dwells completely outside of it. He has always existed, and created the timeline that governs human existence. There was no time on earth until God created the sun and moon, governing the passage of days and months. The sun rises, and the sun sets, and a day passes. The moon waxes and wanes, and a month goes by. Days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years, years become decades, decades become centuries, and centuries become millennia. Without interruption, time marches on.
God dwells in an eternal realm. Where he lives, there is no passage of time, for there is no cycling of sun and moon. We see the best description of this in John’s account of the New Jerusalem. ” I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.” (Rev 21:22-23) Scripture declares that God is light, and where He is the light always shines. Jesus is the light, and where He is there can be no darkness. John 1:5 tells us “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.*
HEAR HIS VOICE TODAY
“So how does this affect our past, we may ask?” It is in understanding that God, who is not controlled by time, cares not for the past mistakes of our lives. He is only interested in our present and future. He is focused on today, for what happens in our lives today determines our tomorrow. Hebrews 3:7 says “Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” God is interested in what we do today, not what we did yesterday. “What about the sins of our past, some might ask?” Our Heavenly Father who cannot live in the past says this: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Heb 8;13) He always lives in the now, and by the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus washed away all the mistakes of our past. He will not, He cannot remember or hold our sins against us. To do so would be a violation of HIS OWN WORD!
From the moment that we were born again, we stepped out of natural time into eternity. Our spirits are already operating in the realm where there is no time, “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:6) Like Jesus, we live in eternal day where the past has no power over us.
YESTERDAY IS IN THE TOMB
Paul understood this well when he wrote “..,but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,’ His murderous past had no power to hurt him or stop him from fulfilling the call of God the moment He met Jesus on the Damascus road. We must adopt the same attitude as Paul in order to live the lives God has for us. As it has been said, “Yesterday is in the tomb, tomorrow is in the womb, let’s live for Jesus today!”
Time travel? It’s never necessary for believers. Our past has been forgotten by our God Who lives in today. When we choose to move forward in life and allow the glory of His Word to light our present, the failures of the past become an insignificant factor. Like a wisp of smoke, they blow away in the breath of the Holy Spirit. In God’s mind, the mistakes of our past never existed. Don’t give them existence in yours!