What if The Lord had not been on our side? ” Psalm 124:1(NIV)
It is so easy to get preoccupied with our present circumstances and conerns about the future…that we often forget how God has been with us in the past. It is healthy and helpful to reflect specifically about God’s guidance, grace, protection and provision in our lives. It is when we look back, we can see clearly God’s hand as He guided us, protectd us, and provided for us.
Take a few moments to think about how The Lord has been with you through difficult times in the past even though at that time you didn’t know how you were going to make it…but you did! He was with you. When you and I do this, it encourages us to face today’s issues and future concerns with faith. It is knowing that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” ( Hebrews 13:8). That is an amazing promise of God to know that you can always count on Him to be there for you and with you..”He will never leave you or forsake you” ( Matthew 28:20).
We need to learn from our past..
We need to live our best in the present…
We need to prepare as we plan for the future…
And at all times we need to Pray,Trust in the Lord and Follow His guidance each day.
I really like Eugene Peterson’s perspective on this topic: “The whole task of Christian commitment is to wed a connection between God’s past and God’s future in your personal history. Your faith takes the remembered past and the expected future and fuses them together in your personality. Recollect God in the year past. Anticipate Him in the year ahead”. That will happen as you and I trust and follow Him into the year 2020.