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Friday, December 30, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "Yesterday"


December 31, 2011


The God of Israel will be your rereward.

Isaiah 52:12

Security from Yesterday. "God requireth that which is past." 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. God reminds
us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.

Security for To-morrow. "For the Lord will go before you." This is a
gracious revelation, that God will garrison 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 our rereward. God's hand reaches
back to the past and makes a clearing-house for conscience.

Security for To-day. "For ye shall not go out with haste." 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.

Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the
Irresistible Future with Him.

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