- For our regrets, God offers forgiveness and the healing comfort of His presence and promises (I John 1:9; II Corinthians 1:3-4).
- For our fears, God invites us to trust him at all times and pour out our hearts to him (Psalm 62:8;Hebrews 4:14-16).
I am not suggesting that we ignore the past or become cavalier about the future. Resting in God’s forgiveness is not an excuse for ignoring consequences of past actions. But the only thing we can change about the past is how we let it effect the future. Likewise, trusting in God as an alternative to anxiety should not be justification for indifference or laziness.
The point of importance is that we must not allow an idolatrous attachment to past regrets and future fears. We must not live in a way that discounts or diminishes the greatness of God’s grace and promises.
Live before God and in God today! Jesus never promised a trouble-free life to His followers. He said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Yes, normal life in a sinful world involves elements of vulnerability, threat, and suffering. Sudden changes, rejection, loss of health, aging, financial collapse, crime, accidents, failure, broken dreams — these are common causes of sadness and anxiety for all people.