They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Exodus 14:11
The “Calling” of the Past
There is often a higher desire for people to return to their past in spite of how bad it was. The birth of this desire is often due to the threats/ challenges of the unknown when moving forward.
I must say that the past will always give you a call but it it’s your responsibility to accept or reject the call. At times, you may experience certain things that will make you wish as if things were as it was in the past. Also, because we often have higher expectations for the future, when things seem not to be happening as expected, it sparks our desire to return to our past.
In the Bible, when the Egyptians matched after the Israelites, right before the red sea, the Israelites were terrified. They grumbled against the LORD and Moses. Their utmost wish was to return to their past. Their past kept calling them on a consistent basis, and they felt that the best option was to respond to its call.
In his book, Today Matters, John C Maxwell revealed that we often overexaggerate yesterday, underestimate today and over-estimate tomorrow. The Israelites suffered that in their days and so are we tempted as such in our days.
Therefore, instead of complaining and wishing to be in our past, we should rather seek to move forward in life. Knowing that the same God who helped us before will surely help us now.
The God who transcends all ages, thank You for Your inspiring words. It’s my prayer to take advantage of today rather than nerve-racking about yesterday. Help me to always live in and enjoy the present. May Your name for forever adored, In the Name of Jesus Amen.