Psalm 85:8 I will listen to what God the LORD says. For he will make peace with his people, his faithful followers. Yet they must not return to their foolish ways.

The word ‘Sankofa’ in Akan has always been associated with the statement ‘it is okay to re-introduce into the present some things that were once abandoned’. This holds true and is reasonable when the idea being transported has the potential to enhance the quality of the present else there is no need to keep looking back once we have set sail.

Joel Osteen made a similar analogy using the fact that the front windscreen of a car is far wider than the rear because even though the rear is necessary, it isn’t as important as what lies ahead. Hence God making the statement of Israel not returning to their folly was basically asking them to keep moving forward.

When God brought them peace, He expected them to keep walking in it. That is what we should also do: once we attain wisdom, health and true peace of mind that is present in Christ, we just have to keep walking in them. We need to forget the things of the past and not return once again to the chains and strongholds that once held us bound.

Your past may have nothing but painful memories and regrets so why bother looking that way when there is nothing to gain? Instead, look forward; to tomorrow and to the one who is in charge of it- Look forward and onwards towards Jesus.

Remember # forget the things of old and press on- look and move forward.


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