Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Isaiah 52:12 "But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear gaurd."

From My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Security for Yesterday. "God requireth that which is past." At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise from remembering the yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God's grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday's sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. "For the Lord will go before you." This is a gracious revelation, that God will garrison where we have failed to. He will watch lest things trip us up again into like failure, as they assuredly would do if He were not our rerewared [rear gaurd]. God's hand reaches back to the past and makes a clearing-house for conscience.

Security for Today. "For ye shall not go out with haste." As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.

Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.
Happy New Year, friends. I pray that the failures of your past will not hinder your walk, but instead of will make a "clearing-house for conscience". He is the God of our past, as well as our future. Amen.


Shelly said...

Amen my friend and blessings to you and your family for the new year.


D.L. White said...

Great post! A very happy new year to you and your family! :)

Karen said...

Great reminder that God is never surprised. He's with us past, present and future. A wonderful comfort that is.