Proverbs 24:16 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
During General Colin Powell’s tenure as US Secretary of State he discovered that a speech he made to the United Nations had been based , in part, on wrong information. In his long and distinguished career, this was a low point and a blot on his record. “I’m disappointed,” he told an interviewer. “I’m sorry it happened and and wish those who knew better had spoken up at the time, but there isn’t anything else I can say about it.”
Instead of being chained by the past, Mr. Powell says he has chosen to “focus on the front windshield and not in the rear view mirror” of life.
All of us have something in our past that we regret doing. It may have been an honest mistake, a moral failure, or a foolish decision. We wish it had not happened, but it remains in our mind and often drags us down.
The writer of Proverbs said that “honey….. is sweet to your taste; so shall the knowledge of wisdom [Proverbs 1:7 ] be to your soul; if you have found it, there is a prospect or a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.” [Proverbs 24:13-14]
While the past remains part of our lives, it doesn’t have to determine our future. With God’s wisdom and forgiveness He offers [Psalm 130:3-4; Acts 13:38-39], we can focus with hope.
The vain regrets of yesterday
Have vanished through God’s pardoning grace;
The guilty fear has passed away,
And joy has come to take its place.
It’s better to look ahead and prepare that to look back and despair.