O This God
“We leave the old behind it will not define us, no. Yesterday is gone, now anything is possible.” – Matt Redman
God is a renovation expert. He is the best re-cycler you’ll ever encounter. He is able to make all things new-restoring lives which others have long before written off- and reviving the futures of those who have long ago lost all hope and purpose. The problem sometimes is we will not join Him in celebrating His renewal. He leads us forward, but we still look behind us. He makes us new, but we can’t let go of the old.
Perhaps your identity has become too bound up with the former things- you can’t forgive yourself for a relationship broken, or a dishonest advantage taken. Perhaps you just can’t quite come to terms with the fact you are wholly forgiven, and that by grace the way you formerly lived has long been forgotten. But we worship the God of yesterday, today and forever. He is the One who was, and who is now, and who will be to come. This is good news for anyone with a ‘history’. For He has your yesterdays covered. He also has you in His sights today. And for the days to come He has a bright and gleaming future for you.
Worshipping an eternal God is a very hope-giving activity. We stand safe and secure in the knowledge that He can deal with the yesterdays, that He will be enough for our todays- and that He will never fail or fade as we walk into all the tomorrows. The people of God have always taken great hope in the knowledge of this:
“For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.” (Psalm 48:14)
Take heart from this today. You are being guided, held and provided for by the Lord of all eternity.
Forget who I was.
Know who I am.
Don’t ask me to go back.
I am only moving forward.
If you need me to be someone else
Then you need to find someone else.
I no longer crawl in the shadows.
I walk in the Light.
– John S.
97 Oh, how I love your instructions!I think about them all day long.
You know, Lord, I have done enough complaining about the aches and pains of aging. But there are some terrific advantages to getting older.
I am far more patient than I used to be. I enjoy people more and accept them as they are. And I have grown to appreciate regular quiet time with your Word. I used to be too busy–or thought I was too busy–to read my chapter a day. Now it’s the best time of my day. “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart” (Psalm 119:97,111). My joys are now twice as big because I know that you sent them. My troubles are only half as big because I know you are carrying them with me.
Your Word explains the riddle of human existence. Your Word tells me the truth, comforts my heart, and gives me hope. Your Word reveals that you are actively managing affairs behind the scenes to work all things together for the good of those who love you. Your Word assures me that you will never stop loving me, that I have great worth in your sight, and that you still have a use for me.
Tell me in today’s reading how I may serve you best.
” I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,and he turned to me and heard my cry.”
Why Am I so Impatient?
Who do I think I am?
I must think I am the supreme commander of the universe. I want everything, and I want it now. It’s good to have a plan and move forward in life. It’s good to dream big and not settle for the status quo. But I hate it when other people expect me to get in line with their agendas. So why do I do that to other people?
You must think I’m pretty ungrateful, Lord. I want more than I have, and that makes me crabby, feeling sorry for myself. Is there hope for me? Can you teach me how to wait? I know that’s how your heroes of old learned your ways: “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).
It’s impossible to mistake your love for me. Love is the only answer for what could have led you to punish your Son for my sins. It’s impossible to mistake your wisdom–the world around me is so beautiful and well-ordered. You are a genius beyond all understanding. I know your strength and power have no limits.
Please help me relax and enjoy you and the people around me more. Help me get my life more in tune with your agenda. What you want is more important than what I want.