History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself (By Tony Griffin)

Posted: January 4, 2013 in Articles, Religion
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Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.-1 Corinthians 10:6

History tends to repeat itself. But it doesn’t have to, especially when it comes to tragedy and heartbreak stemming from poor choices. In fact, the past can actually become a tool that improves our future when we look at it and learn from it. God expects nothing less.

Have you ever noticed that these stories in the Bible are brutally honest?

It doesn’t pull any punches but gives us the unbiased, unpolished, and unfiltered facts surrounding the foundational figures of our faith. Abraham was willing to let another man sleep with his wife in order to protect his own neck (Genesis 12:11-13), David tried to cover up an affair and then had the woman’s husband killed when his plan backfired (2 Samuel 11), Saul (later renamed Paul) tortured believers until they denied Christ (Acts 26:11), and Peter was guilty of racial discrimination (Galatians 2:11-13).  I dare say that any of us would want all of our shortcomings laid out on paper for people to study for centuries.
There are a ton of moral lessons to be learned from the mistakes they’ve made.

Why does the Bible bother with these gory details? 

There are a lot of reasons, but the one I am talking about is spelled out for us in the verse above: these things became our examples. God has preserved these things in His Word so we can learn from them and avoid making the same mistakes. The Bible is our playbook. He lets us see Abraham’s cowardice, David’s deception, Saul’s cruelty, and Peter’s prejudice because He knows that learning from their past failures can contribute to our future success as saints.

History doesn’t have to repeat itself. We can improve our future by paying attention to the past. 

Tony Griffin
(Posted to this site with permission of the orignal author listed in the credit line above.)
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