Looking back is a temptation to pull us off course. When a farmer plows a field, he has to focus on a point ahead of him or his rows will be off course. We have an innate pull to look back to our past. It pleases our flesh.
James 1:14 explains the process of a temptation. It says, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” That’s the innate or natural fleshly pull. To entice is to urge to lead astray.
To keep looking back to our past, is an inner desire born from unresolved issues. We play them out in our mind, but they are futile thoughts. Romans 1:21 says, “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts…”
Here is the Strong’s definition for futile: fruitless, empty, hollow, unreal, unproductive, ineffectual, and worthless. Rehearsing our past in our mind changes nothing except to pull us off course.
Trials purge the dross from our faith. What God has allowed has a divine purpose. To longingly look back into our past, while in a trial, is a signal that something is unresolved. The Lord is bringing the hidden dross to the surface, because anything hidden undermines our faith. It is time to release it to the Lord. Let Him skim it off the gold of your faith.
Years ago, I was traveling over the causeway between Sacramento and Davis (CA). There were signs of “Do Not Stop” at various intervals. My red light came on. I ignored the light because I knew I couldn’t stop. I burned out my motor. Don’t ignore the unresolved-issue-indicator-light on the dashboard of your life. It’s a warning.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” They spring out when we least expect them. The Lord is ready to receive the hurts and emotional pain that you have buried. It’s time to let them go.