This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope: Lamentations 3:21
Have you ever sat down and just allowed your mind to wonder in the past recalling all the mistakes you made? What you should have or should not have done? What you said, how you said it or how you could have said it? The Lord let's us know that we have no control over our past. Once it happened, it's a rap. Focusing on the past can be very draining and it produces unhappiness. It's God's mercy that keeps us and gives us the hope that tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow we have a chance to get a do over. God is loving and compassionate and He reminds us that looking back at something we cannot change only makes for a miserable and unhappy life. The only thing we can do with the past is learn from it. It's very important and necessary for our well being to deal with the past, acknowledge and face the mistakes we've made and know that we can get it better next time. We have to then turn the page and write another chapter and move on. We do not want to stay stuck in the past pondering over something that we cannot change. Such behavior robs us of our joy and peace. When we give those haunting memories to God, He redeems our mistakes and work something good out of them. When we learn from the mistakes of our past we can then help someone else not to make the same mistake. We can help them not to fall into the same trap. David committed a grave sin when he met Bathsheba and laid with her, as the story is told in 2 Samuel 11 and 12. God was very displeased with David's actions and He sent Nathan to talk to David. Even though David's actions were horrible, he did not stay stuck in regret, David confessed his sin before God and God forgave him and spared his life. The word of God let's us know that David was a man after God's own heart. God is saying to us today, do not pine over what you can't change. Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old (Isaiah 43:18). He said He will do a new thing in our lives. That is so wonderful that we can serve a God that in spite of our mess up, He continues to be loving and merciful to us.
Isaiah 43:18-19 - Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Father thank you so much for loving us the way you do. We purpose in our heart not to focus on the past mistakes we have made, however allowing you to work something good out of what we have messed up. It is awesome that we can serve a God like you that in spite of our short comings you continue to be merciful and loving. We are grateful to you, in Jesus name we pray, Amen!