Out with the Old, In with the New

31 Dec

dsc_0021My original intent was to write a new post and upload some Christmas pictures, but I thought I would share something else instead. As I was having my devotions this morning, my heart was greatly encouraged by one of Oswald Chamber’s writings. It blessed my heart so much and I thought that perhaps it would bless yours too! So I guess pictures will have to wait for just a little bit! 🙂

As we close this year of 2008 and look forward to bringing in 2009, may our hearts rest confidently in our Lord Jesus Christ and seek to live for Him with every breath He grants us. Blessings to each and every one of you and of course, Happy New Year!

“Yesterday”

“For ye shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.” Isaiah 52:12

Security from Yesterday. “…God requireth that which is past” (Ecc. 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 “rereward.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “For ye shall not go out with haste…” As we go forth into the coming year, let is not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, not 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.

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5 Responses to “Out with the Old, In with the New”

  1. Beth Anne December 31, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    Thanks for the reminder and a Happy 2009 to you too!!

    In His name

  2. Lacey December 31, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    The first and second part of that devotional was especially good for me, Sara! Thanks for sharing and have a Happy New Year!!

  3. Lacey January 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

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  4. Annie January 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    What a wonderful message to bring the new year in with…thanks Sara!! I read that to in my Utmost 🙂

  5. Abby January 1, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    Hey Sara! You’ve been tagged! :))

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