Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Remembering the Past
Anonymous - Oct. 23, 2015
Devotional

Remembering The Past This year has been one of reminders for me. I’ve made a few trips to my childhood home in Northern California. Seeing how it has changed or remained the same had some impact on me. Some people have made dramatic changes, and some none at all; furthermore, the ranch I grew up on is facing significant changes in its near future. This is all interesting to me, as a few years ago, these changes would’ve had a bigger impact on me, but they don’t now. Who I am now, compared to who I was then has changed, and as such, so has my reaction. There have been other reminders, but the most significant of them has been my Bible. I began highlighting my Bible frequently when I was younger. I knew that I was doing it to remind myself of the verses later in life, but I never thought about the changes I would see later on seeing them. Reading the verses now, I cannot help but think about the person I was years ago when I first marked them, and the person I’ve become since then. In some ways, I can’t understand why I initially found it interesting, and other times, they seem profound and I wonder why I didn’t catch it during my most recent reading. This all reminds me of the portions of the Bible where God instructs his people to remember their past, or where the people set up signs of remembrance like alters. In Revelation, Jesus admonishes the Ephesian church that they had left their first love and tells them to remember their first works (Revelation 2:4-5). God instructs his people often not to forget the past, not just so they remember who they were, but to remind them of who they are meant to be. Simon Peter wept when he heard the rooster crow, and I doubt that it was only because it reminded him of what Jesus prophesied to him, but it also likely reminded him of who he was and how committed he felt just a few hours before. As I look back and see the person I was, six months ago, a year ago, five years ago, I can’t help but remember the hopes and aspirations I had at that time, my goals and my plans, and how they’ve changed or remained the same. The things I considered to be valuable before I’ve come to realize weren’t that important, or something I thought was mundane I’ve come to value. This has led me to properly appreciate that it’s important in our walks to remember our past. It is the only measure we have to see how we have grown. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions