“If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” ― Amit Ray,
Moving forward can be difficult for some people. The mind can hold on to events and places that caused us pain or joy, but as Mr. Ray said, “If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” You cannot move forward if you allow your past to drag you down, even if your past was significant.
After Moses delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, they arrived at Mount Sinai; this was a significant, important and beneficial place for the Hebrew nation. It was at Mount Sinai or Horeb that Moses first encountered God and received his life’s purpose (Exodus 3). It was at Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments. It was at Mount Sinai where the people saw the manifestation of God on the top of the mountain and became fearful (Exodus 19-20).
Mount Sinai was also the place of their worst sin, and it was at the foot of the mountain where they made the golden calf and began to worship it; as a result, many of them died there (Exodus 32). You could say that Mount Sinai was a special place for the Hebrew nation. But listen to God’s command to Moses: “When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough.” Deuteronomy 1:6 (NLT)
Yes, God said to move; they were there long enough. While the mountain was significant for their growth, and they needed the experience they received there, it was time to move on.
My dear sons and daughters, it’s time to move on! Some of you have been at that mountain of failure, disappointment, discouragement, and even success long enough – it’s time to move on. If you focus on what’s in your rear-view mirror, you will not be able to see the road ahead of you.
Notice that the Hebrews never looked back to Mount Sinai. They had the Law, but they never returned to the mountain. You also need to move on. Do not allow your memories to anchor you in the past. Instead, use them to push you into your destiny.
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