Regret your past? Are there moments you wish you could take back? Are their situations that arise and bring all these regrets bubbling up? Do your regrets lead you to defeat sometimes?
John 9:3 “…this happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”
Our struggles and blessings happen so that God can reveal his Glory through us. Yet how many times have we taken those struggles and made them into complaints and regrets? I have two wonderful friends that have been given struggle after struggle in life. There are times when I place them right up there with Job. The difference between the two is their outlook on these struggles. One of them goes to church every Sunday, volunteers her time, reaches out to others in need, uses her struggles to help comfort others, and thanks God for everything. My other friend uses her struggles to complain, sulk in her sorrow, push God away, and live in a sea of regrets. She blames her problems on her past, and is positive that God is punishing her.
John 9:3 specifically states that God does not punish us. The scripture in entirety reads like this:
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” (this scripture was based on why a blind man was born with this disability – the people were sure it was because his parent’s had sinned and God was punishing them)
When we dwell in regret, then we become defined by our past. We allow evil to whisper in our ear that we are worth nothing and we deserve to be punished. We allow evil to tell us that our days are counted by the struggles that we receive, and there are surely more struggles coming our way. That is not God talking to you. Our past does not define our future.
Unfortunately, it is so much easier to wallow in our guilt than to allow God to work through us. Our human nature would rather be depressed and miserable than to share those struggles to help others. We make ourselves think that people will look down on us for our choices, that people will never forgive us for our mistakes, and that our life is worth nothing. That is so far from the truth. Every one of us here on earth has made a bad choice. Each of us can understand and empathize with the feeling of guilt and regret. When we open up and share these regrets with others, we touch someone (sometimes unknowingly). When we hold in our regrets and let them defeat us, we are holding back God’s Glory from being revealed.
What regret is defining you today? Just by speaking it aloud, God’s Glory could be revealed. Stop allowing the devil to whisper in your ear that you are not worthy. God will make you worthy, but you must show Him trust by releasing this regret out in the open. You are a child of God. You deserve more than a life of bitterness and misery. You deserve healing which can only be accomplished by trusting in God.