Peace for the Past

“Happy New Year”, the store attendant said to me today.  Yes, it is still a new year.  A new year filled with new hopes, new plans, and new resolves.  I have also heard others say, “I’m glad last year has passed.  It was a horrible year.” Personally, I can see their point.  I had two friends pass away, a change in direction for our family, our daughter in the ICU of a hospital for 4 days and our son who had knee surgery and lost his summer job.  But we should also be thankful for our past.  I have grown closer to God through all the difficulties and changes of last year and seen His work in amazing ways. Through abiding with Christ, He has produced a peace in my heart about the past but also a peace for today and tomorrow.

As I was looking through my Oswald Chambers devotional, My Utmost for His Highest on the last day of the year; I appreciate how he said it:

“…the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”  Isaiah 52:12

“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 the yesterdays.  Our present enjoyment of God’s grace is apt to be checked 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 culture for the future.

As we go forth into 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 the God of Israel will go before us.  Our yesterdays present 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.”

I will be at peace about the past, learning from it and entrusting it to Christ as I remain with Him and look towards a new day, a new year.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 14:27

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