The proverb “History Repeats Itself” goes back at least to the 1500s. Although the English phrase is only 500 years old , the principle has been around long before. How many children do we often see making the same mistakes their parents made? How many elected officials still pass legislation that will end in failure as so many countries have done before? It often seems that we are doomed to commit the very same mistakes of those who have gone on before us.
One of the beautiful things about history is we can read of the mistakes that were made, and learn from them. Paul had this in mind when he wrote in 1 Corinthians (10:11-12) “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”.
Paul knew that we will often make the same mistakes of the past, but at the same time if we are wise, we will observe what happened in the past and learn from it.
We can learn from the Old Testament. We are not so far removed from its people to think that we do not struggle with the same things. They struggled with immorality, materialism and pride in the same way that we do. We need to be wise and utilize the tools that God has given us to overcome temptation. History DOES NOT always have to repeat itself. We cannot change the past, but we can change the future. May we always learn from those who have gone on before us, and grow because of the lives they lived.
Thank you for recording the accounts of the men and women of faith who have gone on before us. Thank you for including their victories and their defeats. Help us to learn from both. Help us Father to not allow, history to repeat itself in our lives.
Through your Son,
Hope you are enjoying your labor day.
Written by Cliff