A lighthouse is fascinating in general, but add a little eerie twist to its history and it becomes an even more interesting conversation piece especially for those who like mystery and suspense. One quick internet search will reveal hundreds of stories about “haunted” lighthouses. However, in light of Scriptures, they are nothing more than sensational stories inspired by fear and superstition. And although we can dismiss such stories as legends and lore, being haunted can be a real experience resulting from images and reminders of our hurtful and sinful past.
Just like lighthouses, we can be bright guiding towers when we are connected to Christ, but we can also become like dark disenchanting ones when we are haunted by our past. The Bible says that when we turn our lives over to Christ we become new creations and that the old (way of life) is passed away. However, since God is the only One who can completely forget our past transgressions the memories of our bad choices and experiences can, from time to time, come back to rob us of our peace and joy. It is during these times that the enemy of our soul, namely Satan, takes advantage and uses our past to condemn, weaken, and grieve us emotionally as well as spiritually.
But remember, neither the Devil nor our haunting past can actually harm us. So when unpleasant or regretful memories appear don’t allow them to extinguish the light of Christ in you. Don’t let them draw you away from God, but rather bring you closer to the cross. The redeeming power of Jesus’ blood not only cleanses us from all sin but it also removes the webs of guilt, clears the fog of shame and restores the light of hope.
It was King David who, in the midst of being haunted by his past, was led by God’s Spirit to pen some of the most encouraging Psalms. The Bible says that God makes all things work in favor of those who love Him. Yes, even the haunting effects of our past can be used by God to accomplish His purpose in our lives.
Prayer: Blessed Lord, when my past comes to haunt me remind me that it no longer has power over me for I am a new creation in You. I believe that I no longer stand condemned and therefore ask that you deliver me from any haunting thoughts that would seek to destroy my peace. I believe that you can and will use all of my life experiences to help me grow spiritually and to fulfill your perfect plan for my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
“..no weapon forged against you will prevail…” -Isaiah 54:17a
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past” -Isaiah 43:18
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Written By: Joe Rodiguez
I love lighthouses. For years, I have been fascinated by their architectural design, but mostly by their purpose. My dream is to one day own a lighthouse or at least live in a house where my “man cave” is designed to resemble one. Lighthouse Devotions is intended to reflect the peace, the strength, and the hope I experience in the presence of lighthouses. But these inspirations would be meaningless if they did not bring glory, honor and praise to One who is the true beacon of light to the world, my savior Jesus Christ.