O This God
“We leave the old behind it will not define us, no. Yesterday is gone, now anything is possible.”
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.
- Matt Redman