When It Feels Like Your Best Days Are Behind You
Habakkuk 2:4 (New King James Version)
"Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
If you asked me I would tell you that besides love, there are two basic things every believer should be known for: humility and faith. I think Christians should be the most humble, teachable people you’d ever meet and I think we should be known as the ones who have learned how to live our lives by faith. The two work hand in hand. I don’t think Jesus intended for believers to be pushovers. Rather I believe Jesus intended for us take the ‘high road’ as much as possible in life’s ongoing conflicts. Let’s face it, taking the high road takes humility and faith. It’s not faith in another person nor is it faith that taking the high road life will cause all of life to turn out peachy keen. It’s faith in God. It’s faith that God’s way is a much better way of doing biz. It means believing that God will step into our life when we choose to do things His way. What that really looks like is the big challenge! More often than not it means we control our gut impulse to react. For some it means we no longer get to say the first thing that comes to mind and sometimes being faced with having to suck it up. But before you start cringing too much, look at it this way. Living by faith is living with end game in mind. Regardless of what you’re going through, something ‘God’ is going to happen.
Centuries ago the prophet Isaiah was having a conversation with God. As the story goes, God told Isaiah that the nation of Israel had been rehearsing a lot about the great things God had done for them over the years but yet somewhere along the line they forgot to make mention of the greater things that lay ahead for them. It mattered so much to God that He addressed it. In other words, God’s people has somehow lost sight of living by faith. For the children of Israel, there were so many great stories about their past they had lost sight of their future. When you think about it, we do this too. Maybe our past isn’t a grandeur or miraculous as theirs but more than not it’s too easy to hold to memories of the good times so much that we begin thinking nothing will ever be that good for us again. If we’re not careful, we’ll end up believing it. For the children of Israel, rehearsing their past was part of their tradition. Moses told them to do it. Parents were supposed to retell the stories. But rehearsing the good ole days wasn’t supposed to equal them giving up on their future. So God makes an incredible statement to Isaiah:
Isaiah 43:18 (New Century Version)
The Lord says, "Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past."
When the past puts a stranglehold on how we see the future, it’s time to let it go. Living by faith means we set our sights on tomorrow. It’s knowing there’s a better day ahead. As tough as it might be, it means we let go of the yesterdays holding us back. We have to let go of the individuals we hold captive. We all can recall good memories of family and loved ones, and there’s nothing wrong with them, until we find ourselves holding so tightly to them that we begin letting go of our future. When it feels like your best days are behind you it’s a load of baloney. I can tell you from experience that it’s not Truth. God’s not done yet. Regardless of what life may look or feel like today, your best days are still ahead of you.
Isaiah 43:19 Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don't you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.
God decided to do something new. Something never done before. Something that could only be seen by faith. He put in motion a plan to turn everything around. Something ‘God’ was about to happen!
Don’t you see it?