Remember It | Devotion #1: Hakuna Matata
Isaiah Combs | Worship Leader
Here is a crazy fact that will make some of you feel old. The Disney movie, “The Lion King,” was released into theaters in 1994. That was 24 years ago. I have always loved The Lion King, and now that I have my own kids, I force them to watch it with me. That was until my 5-year-old daughter began to get nightmares because of the scene that Mufasa dies. It is pretty intense. I would have to agree.
But there is a song in the movie that is really catchy. The song is “Hakuna Matata,” and it means “no worries.” The meaning of the song and the phrase “Hakuna Matata” is that the past does not matter because it is in the past. Once we accept it is in the past, it is gone, and you should forget about it. The song also talks about a warthog, named Pumbaa, who had a stink problem when he was a young warthog and forgetting the past helped him move on into his future. It is a problem-free philosophy. But I do not agree. Remembering your past can help you appreciate where and why you are in your walk right now.
The Bible is very clear about what happens to my sins and my past. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” We also read in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I am very thankful for the forgiveness of my past, and I am thankful I am not that person anymore. It is good to remember what God saved us from. He will not use it against us, nor should we.
Our past is important. Although I am not proud of my past, I get to use my past all the time to help people going through the same or similar situation and trials in their life. I like to call my past, my testimony. It is my testimony on what God has done and has continued to do in my life. It is nothing that I have done. but it is everything that Jesus has done in and through me.
I still like the song “Hakuna Matata,” and I still will let my kids watch the movie. I will remain thankful for my past because it is my testimony. So remember your past and use it for the glory of God. There is someone out there right now struggling, and they need to hear your testimony of what God has done.