A lighthouse is fascinating in general, but add a little eerie twist to its history and it becomes an even more interesting conversation piece especially for those who like mystery and suspense. One quick internet search will reveal hundreds of stories about “haunted” lighthouses. However, in light of Scriptures, they are nothing more than sensational stories inspired by fear and superstition. And although we can dismiss such stories as legends and lore, being haunted can be a real experience resulting from images and reminders of our hurtful and sinful past.
Just like lighthouses, we can be bright guiding towers when we are connected to Christ, but we can also become like dark disenchanting ones when we are haunted by our past. The Bible says that when we turn our lives over to Christ we become new creations and that the old (way of life) is passed away. However, since God is the only One who can completely forget our past transgressions, the memories of our bad choices and experiences can, from time to time, come back to rob us of our peace and joy. It is during these times that the enemy of our soul takes advantage and uses our past to condemn, weaken, and grieve us emotionally as well as spiritually. But remember, neither the Devil nor our haunting past can actually harm us. When Satan reminds you of your past remind him of his future! Don’t allow unpleasant or regretful memories to extinguish the light of Christ in you. Keep it shining by confessing his written word and by seeking godly counsel. Run towards the cross, not away from it. The redeeming power of Jesus’ blood not only cleanses us from all sin but it also removes the webs of guilt, clears the fog of shame and restores the light of hope.
It was King David who, in the midst of being haunted by his past, was led by God’s Spirit to pen some of the most encouraging Psalms. The Bible says that God makes all things work in favor of those who love Him. Yes, even the haunting effects of our past can be used by God to accomplish His purpose in our lives. This reminds me of a powerful quote I once saw on FB. It read, “Only Jesus can turn a MESS into a MESSAGE, a TEST into a TESTIMONY, a TRIAL into a TRIUMPH, a VICTIM into a VICTOR!
Prayer: Blessed Lord, when my past comes to haunt me remind me that it no longer has power over me for I am a new creation in You. I believe that I no longer stand condemned and therefore ask that you deliver me from any haunting thoughts that would seek to destroy my peace. I believe that you can and will use all of my life experiences to help me grow spiritually and to fulfill your perfect plan for my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.