Ever Lived in Failure and Regret?

by Shelley Hitz

I started reading Exodus and read the first 4 chapters. What a powerful story of Moses and his life. God's hand was upon Moses' life from the beginning. Yet his past haunted him. He lived in fear and isolated himself for 40 years before God spoke to him in the burning bush.

All those years of living in failure and regret.

I've known the feeling. The weight of unforgiveness, not being able to forgive myself even though God already did.

When God spoke to Moses, it says in Exodus 3:6 (AMP) that "he hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God." That reminds me of Adam and Eve after they sinned when Adam says in Genesis 3:10, "I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

Somehow we think we can hide from God but we can't.

There are times I want to go to my bed, curl up under the covers and escape from whatever haunts me. Moses was haunted by his past, his failure. Yet God restored him. And chose him. God used him in a mighty way.

It's a story of failure and regret that ends in grace, restoration and ultimately victory leading the Israelites out of slavery into freedom.

What an encouragement to me when I fail God. There is forgiveness. God has plans for me and doesn't want me to hide living in fear and regret. He wants to show me his grace, restoration and freedom.

I'm ready to leave my past behind....what about you?

Philippians 3:12-14, "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

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