Happy New Year!
John Lennon believed in yesterday – whatever that means – whilst Macbeth says, “…all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death…” (Macbeth: Act 5, Scene 5)
Nice, I guess. But as for my yesterdays, myself, I’m with Oswald Chambers, he of “My Utmost for His Highest.” Quoth he:
Security from Yesterday. 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 our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace is apt 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 in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.
Security for Tomorrow. “The Lord will go before you.” This is a gracious revelation, that God will provide 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 guarding our back.
God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.
Security for Today. As we go forth in 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 God, He Who Made Us, will go before us.
Our yesterdays hold broken and 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 broken Irreparable Past in his hands, and step out into the Invincible Future with Him.