“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing…” Isaiah 43:18-19a, NKJV.
“So if I fall and if I fail, I will trust Your mercy is greater than all of this, and if I bend and if I break, I’ll trust the hands that hold me are, greater than all my regrets” – Tenth Avenue Band
Regret is when there is sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control or power to repair. What do you do when something happened or you made a decision, and now you have to live with what you can’t change? My biological father wasn’t in my life for almost 30 years due to drug addiction and still says he regrets not being there. He is fully aware he can’t get that time back. Now, he is living with something that he can’t change. I have my own decisions and mistakes that I would like to take back, relive and change, but I can’t.
And you can’t either.
This is the essence of regret. Yet, understand the redemptive power of a mighty God, who wants you to let go of the former, so you can lay hold of what’s new. Your heavenly Father is not only good, but He is the Healer of all sorrow, including of what you can’t change, and has joy in His promises. When the Lord created you, He already knew that would happen, but He still says I will finish your story and your end will be as I have said it would be.
Prayer: Father, I needed that. You care about what I’ve experienced. You care about the regret of my decisions and mistakes. I give them to You permanently, and when thoughts come, I will decide to give it to You again. I will not live in regret, but I will live trusting in what You have ahead and in the new things You have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Psalm 147:3, Eccesliastes 7:10, Isaiah 42:9, Philippians 3:13-14