‘…Thus far the Lord has helped us.’ 1 Samuel 7:12 NKJV
The Bible says, ‘Then Samuel took a stone…and called its name Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the Lord has helped us."’ As you end this year and look back, what do you see? Monuments to failure? Wasted opportunities? When it comes to your failures, God says, ‘I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.’ (Isaiah 43:25 NKJV) When it comes to your wasted opportunities, God says, ‘I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…’ (Joel 2:25 NKJV) A wise man said, ‘If we do not learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it.’ It’s ok to look back and learn, but if you drive looking in the rearview mirror, you’ll end up in a ditch. Whether good or bad, don’t get stuck in the past. ‘Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these? For you do not inquire wisely concerning this."’ (Ecclesiastes 7:10 NKJV) One of the dangers of growing old is that you become more excited about the past than you are about the future. A lady wrote to a newspaper editor and said, ‘Your newspaper is not as good as it used to be.’ He wrote back and quipped, ‘It never has been.’ God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you…they are plans for good…’ (Jeremiah 29:11 TLB) God has a plan for you this coming year. So, ‘hats off to the past and coats off to the future!’ Roll up your sleeves, go to work, and expect great things from God.
SoulFood New Year’s Eve: Job 40-42, Matt 3:1-12, Ps 116, Ecc 12:13-14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013
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