Last Saturday was an important day for the City of Manchester. On the same day that Manchester City won the FA Cup, Manchester United became Premier League champions. In recent years City fans have been those who looked back, particularly to a three year period from 1968 – 1970, when they won four major trophies under the leadership of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. Now however, they can look forward with renewed hope for a brighter future.
For those who still look back, wise King Solomon once remarked, “Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10) Why not? Because the more time we spend focussing on the past, the less effort we are putting into preparing for, or even improving, our future.
Looking back isn’t all bad of course. We can learn from the past – that’s something our world needs to do more of. For those who know Yeshua (Jesus), looking back spurs us on as we move forward. As we look back to the death of Yeshua on the cross, we are reminded that we are forgiven, cleansed, made new; we have been freed from a guilty conscience. And as we look back to His resurrection, we realise that we have the power and the permission to live a new life. Our future is not the grave, but a new quality of life in God’s presence. How about you? Are you still holding onto the past or are you making the most of your time to create a brighter tomorrow?
Our Creator certainly wants you to make the most of your future. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)