But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. (Ezra 3:12)
Today is different than yesterday. What happened yesterday may have impacted my today, but that is all history. It can’t be changed, relived, or even removed. Yesterday is gone, and today is a new opportunity to move forward in a new direction. Be that as it may, it’s still easy to get stuck in yesterday, isn’t it?
As Israel’s temple was being rebuilt, the builders reached a milestone of completing the foundation. Some were filled with joy, but others were filled with sorrow. Those filled with sorrow realized how insignificant this new temple was compared with the old one. But those filled with joy understood the significance of rebuilding Israel. One group of people was stuck in yesterday, but another group of people was excited about today and how today was going to lead to tomorrow.
To live in yesterday is to ignore the reality of today. Today is what it is, and all we can do is move forward from where we are with what we have. The truth is, much time that could have been used for reshaping the future has been wasted fretting over the mistakes of yesterday. Our responsibility is to live in today – the only day wherein we can make a difference – and to use it for the glory of God. What are you doing with today?
Lord, keep me from being stuck in yesterday. Yesterday is full of mistakes and regrets – things I wish I could go back and redo. The fact is, yesterday is gone, and I can’t change a thing about it. All I can do is start fresh today. Let me live today in a way that’s pleasing to You. Give me the strength I need to bear the consequences of yesterday, and give me wisdom so that the only consequences I bear tomorrow are positive one.