God says: Arise.
When Jesus encountered a crippled man at the pool of Bethesda who was waiting for a miracle, HE asked the man how long he had been in that condition. The man replied, “Thirty- eight years.” Jesus did not say, “Continue on waiting, maybe something good will happen.” No, Jesus said, “Rise up!”
To rise and get up is a decision we have to intentionally make; it is not something that automatically happens. We must choose to get up and not be trapped in the past.
How long will you mourn over what did not work out in your life? Over what you have lost and your past regrets, wishing there is any other way to rectify all the mistakes you have made? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this because I have overcame my own regrets but I’m saying this as a reminder for myself as well.
There are days I too feel overwhelmed with discouragements and self-guilt. When those feelings come, I read the following verse (Isaiah 60:1).
Decide today to get up and move on from your past. Do not lay in the same condition for “thirty eight years”.
Isaiah 60:1 (AMP)
ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!