There is no going back to the good old days.
I’ve found this to be true as I’ve longed for them.
We cannot simply rewind ourselves back to the way things were a year ago, five years ago, ten years ago, twenty, forty, etc.
We can’t go back to before we made those big mistakes – slept with the wrong person, married the wrong person (or a person with whom it didn’t work out,) gained those thousands of dollars in credit card debt, got involved with that crowd, had all those drinks, said those wrong words – we can’t take them back.
But there’s hope.
God is a builder.
God goes into areas of destruction, of devastation, of decimation – and He rebuilds. He restores. He razes the strongholds of sin, bondage, and death in our lives and He builds something new, something greater.
God gives beauty in place of ashes (Isaiah 61:3.)
God restores the years of devastation and waste (see: Joel 2:25.)
God is really, really, really into restoring and rebuilding lives. While He can’t/doesn’t take away our mistakes and the consequences thereof, He changes our direction. He gives us a new name.
Consider Romans 5:19-21, which tells us that while one man (adam) disobeyed and made countless into sinners after him, one Man (Jesus) was obedient and made countless righteous after Him. Where sin increases, grace abounds all the more – that is, no matter how much we screw up, there is always grace upon grace upon grace (see: John 1.) and as sin reigns in death, grace reigns in righteousness leading to eternal life.
Thanks be to God.