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Once again, another year is ending (2006), so we’ll say, "Happy New Year." The natural thing seems to be to review the past and wonder about the future. I can’t do anything about the past, except to be sure that my sins and failures are covered by the blood of Jesus (I John 1:9) and of course to learn from my past mistakes. Like the apostle Paul, I haven’t arrived yet, but I know that there is a prize worth striving for. It is the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I can do something about the future. I can continue looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The future is uncertain. Jesus said that in the end times, there would be distress of nations with perplexity (Luke 21:25). I think you would agree that these are perplexing times. I think you would also agree that He who knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) has it all under control.
He is with us every step of the way. He promised to be our abiding Comforter (John 14:18). He said that He would never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and that He would go with us unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20).
After enduring the cross on our behalf, Jesus ascended to the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2 above). All the fullness of God dwells in Him (Colossians 1:19,2:9) and He holds all power of heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). So obviously, He has all the answers. So if we are concerned about the course of our country, our health, our job, or whatever, He has the answer.
So once again, let’s let go of the past and look to Jesus. The prize of the high calling of God awaits us.
Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer
"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." - Charles Spurgeon
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