“Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?”
Israel made the same mistake that many people still make today. The mistake that they made was that they looked at what they used to do instead of looking at what they had just done. God said when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and chooses to commit sin that that man will die in his sin. God also said that the man who turned from his wickedness to serve the LORD would be saved from the punishment of his sin. Because God chose to reward the last action of a man, Israel accused God of being unequal in His ways; however, God declared that His ways were equal and that Israel was in the wrong. God’s declaration about His ways teaches the believer several lessons that could help them to realize God’s blessings on their future.
First, your history is simply history. Too many believers live in the past and never do anything in the present. Your past works were only good for the past. You can’t continue to look at your past and declare how good you are in the present. The great works in the past don’t do anything for today’s works other than they teach you what to do to see God’s great works through your life again. My friend, you are history if all you do is talk about what you used to do.
Second, what you do in the present can change the course of your history. Just because you did wrong in the past doesn’t mean your history has to be one of sin. If you choose to do right today, you can overwrite what you did in the past. You can’t let the Devil discourage you from doing nothing in the present just because of what you have done in the past. You have to understand that you will never change the course of your future if you wallow in the mud of your past. The best thing you can do to change your future is to start doing right in the present. You will never know how bright your future will become if all you do is live in the condemnation of your past sins. You can change the course of what people say about you if you choose to start doing right now.
Third, your direction IS important to God. In this dialogue, God is teaching the importance of one’s direction. It is where you are headed that matters to God. It doesn’t matter where you stand as much as where you are going. Which way you are faced does matter to where you will be in the future. You may be in the right now but faced towards the wrong, but you will soon find yourself doing wrong in the future. However, you may be starting in a place of wrong but faced towards the right, and you will eventually find yourself doing right in the future if you continue doing right. I cannot stress enough that your direction is just as important, if not more important than your present position. If you get your direction right, you will get your actions and position right.
Fourth, don’t allow the past to keep others from being used. If God is willing to forgive people who once used to do wrong, the believer also ought to forgive those who have done wrong in the past. It is not the believer’s job to judge the sins of others; it is the believer’s job to forgive them and let God use them again. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of thinking that a person should never be used again because of what they did in the past. If they are doing right now, you should rejoice in God’s mercy and help that person to continue doing right so that they don’t fall back into the sins of their past.