My friend, may I ask you a question? How did the passing year treat you? Were you challenged physically, emotionally, or perhaps financially? If so, how much of that did you personally drag into the New Year?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
As I slowly venture into another New Year, a mixture of reflection and anticipation still hangs over my life. The outgoing year was filled with multiple challenges for all of us here at Beech Springs, as I’m sure it did for many of you. We dealt with family members passing away, parents failing health, job loss, disease and the usual financial difficulties. We replaced appliances unexpectedly and encountered unanticipated car troubles. The year truly ended leaving lots of question marks about the one upcoming, the one we’re presently dealing with. Currently the question is, how do we faithfully advance into a New Year without faltering due to the mistakes and misfortunes of the past? For that matter, will more misfortune plague us in the coming year? Let me share what missionary and author Oswald Chambers had to say about his similar journey one hundred years ago.
A message from Oswald Chambers. Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). 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 when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.
Security for Tomorrow. “…the Lord will go before you….” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.
Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste….” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.
Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him. There is nothing I can add to Chambers’ admonition about the past and the future, other than “Amen!”
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us through another year. May we maintain an attitude in this New Year of confidence despite the mistakes and troubles of the past. Forgive us Lord when we dwell on past misfortune, coloring our current living with a pall of anxiousness and dread. Fix our lives Lord, because, as architects we are lacking. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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